National Philharmonic Society of Lithuania
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Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra|
The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) was founded in 1940. Since 1964 it has been working under the direction of Juozas Domarkas. The LNSO's repertoire is enormous, thoroughly reflecting the development of the symphony, cantata and oratorio. The orchestra has performed and recorded numerous works by Lithuanian composers. Outstanding Lithuanian and foreign artists and conductors have performed with the LNSO. Its permanent partner is the Kaunas State Choir; the orchestra has been conducted by S. Sondeckis, J. Aleksa, J. Kondrashin, V. Fedosejev, K. Masur, H.M. Schneidt, H. Kegel, J. Wehert, J. Frantz, J.S. Casadesus, C. Diederich, O. Mueler, etc. The orchestra has welcomed leading soloists such as V. Noreika, V. Daunoras, S. Stonyté, A. Janutas and V. Prudnikovas, the pianists P. Stravinskas, M. Rubackyté, P. Geniuøas, E. Gilels, D. Bashkirov, N. Petrov, D. Pollack and J. Ogdon, the violinists R. Katilius, L. Kogan, V. Tretjakov and V. Spivakov and the violoncellists M.Rostropovich, N. Gutman and D. Gering.
The LNSO has performed in the most famous halls of Moscow and St Petersburg and participated in many international festivals, among them the Prague Spring, St. Petersburg International Festival of Contemporary Music and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival. The orchestra has toured most European countries and Japan.
Juozas Domarkas, conductor, together with his own and other orchestras has been invited to conduct the most famous orchestras of Russia and other countries. His musicianship and depth, monumentality, emotional manner of execution, precision, taste and feeling for style are features always acclaimed by critics.
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra
The LCO has performed more than two hundred works by Lithuanian composers and has also premiéred works by A. Schnittke, A. Pärt, R. Schtchedrin, E. Denisov and S. Slonimsky.
Recent events in the orchestra's history are its participation in the Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg, Ansbach Bach-Wochen, Berliner Festwochen and many other international festivals in Italy, Spain and France. In 1991 the orchestra performed in the concert series The Orchestras of the World in Madrid.
The leader of the LCO Prof. Saulius Sondeckis, is an outstanding musician: he has conducted numerous famous European orchestras. Saulius Sondeckis founded not only the LCO, but also the St Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, whose CDs, recorded by Sony, have been highly acclaimed by critics.
Kaunas State Choir
The Kaunas State Choir has participated in famous international festivals, among them Bordo Spring, the Mediterranean, Reims, Strasburg, the New and Old Ways to India, Schleswig-Holstein, Middle European Countries, Turku (Finland), Maspalomas. It has also performed with well-known European orchestras: Paris, Bordo Poland, Moscow and St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestras, and the Lithuanian and Polish Chamber Orchestras.
Founded in 1940, the NPSL has gained much experience in concert activity. For some time, the NPSL was supported by the state and diligently kept to its ideology. It planned and took care of all the music life of the Republic, developing serious forms of art as well as pop and folk art.
After the re-establishment of the independence of Lithuania, the NPSL refused to have a monopoly on concert activity. Besides organizing the music life of the capital city, the Philharmonic also organizes concert activity all over the Republic through its affiliates in Kaunas, Klaipeda and Siauliai. General Manager Gintautas Kevisas has totally changed the direction of work in the NPSL.
Lithuania, being a country of European cultural traditions, was by force separated from the riches of European art for five decades. For this reason, one of the basic tasks of the NPSL is to become integrated into the music life of Europe and help to spread it in Lithuania. So far, the task has been carried out quite successfully; a number of performers of world standing have visited Lithuania, and the NPSL gives numerous concerts abroad.
National Philharmonic Society of Lithuania
The Philharmonic building.
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