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Baltakas’ Saxordionphonics at the Festival “Contrasts”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 September 2013

Logo Festival “Contrasts”Vykintas Baltakas’ Saxordionphonics will be performed for the first time in the Ukraine on 29 September at the Festival “Contrasts” (26 September – 28 October), which takes place in Lviv.

The composer about the piece:

The work is founded on two structural principles. The first is a strictly rhythmical construct of two to three permuting notes which paces through the entire piece, forming a structural basis, with temporal distensions and condensations, dynamic and colorific variations. The other is a freer level which reacts musically to the first. [read more]

View the full study score.Vykintas Baltakas (c) Marion Kalter

Find information on the composer, his works, texts, photos and performances at www.baltakas.net.

Vykintas Baltakas: Saxordionphonics
for saxophon, accordion and chamber orchestra | 15'
2 2 3 2 - 2 1 1 0 - perc, str(6 6 5 4 3)
29.09.2013, S. Lyudkevych Concert Hall, Lviv; Dieter Kraus, sax; Roman Yusipey, acc; Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Stanislav Velyanyk

Ö1 broadcasts Beyond Recall

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 August 2013

Beyond Recall (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Laila StandkeTonight, 27/8/2013, 23:03 (CET/CEST), Ö1 broadcasts a Zeit-Ton special on the Salzburg Festival’s Beyond Recall, for which twelve composers were commissioned to write compositions for twelve works of art that were created in the frame of the Salzburg Art Project.

 

Among them were Vykintas Baltakas with Eselsbrücke, Johannes Maria Staud with Caldera (für Tony Cragg) and Jay Schwartz with M.

Listen live.

You can find a (German) review of the evening on the Salzburger Nachrichten.

World premières of Staud, Schwartz and Baltakas in Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 August 2013

Staud, Schwartz, Baltakas (c) Universal Edition and Marion KalterTwelve composers have been commissioned to write compositions for twelve works of art that were created in the frame of the Salzburg Art Project. The compositions will be premièred on 24 August by the Scharoun Ensemble. Among the composers are Vykintas Baltakas with Eselsbrücke, Johannes Maria Staud with Caldera (für Tony Cragg) and Jay Schwartz with M.

Vykintas Baltakas: Eselsbrücke
for ensemble | 10’
world prem. 24/8/2013, Mozarteum; Scharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Matthias Pintscher

Beyond Recall (c) Universal Edition, Johannes Feigl

Beyond Recall by Brigitte Kowanz

Jay Schwartz: M
for baritone and ensemble | 12’
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc, pno, str
world prem. 24/8/2013, Mozarteum; Matthias Goerne, bar; Scharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Matthias Pintscher

Johannes Maria Staud: Caldera (für Tony Cragg)
for soprano, clarinet and piano (with active page-turner)
world prem. 24/8/2013, Mozarteum; Mojca Erdmann, s; Scharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Matthias Pintscher

Beyond Recall at the Salzburg Festival.

World première of Saxordionphonics in Witten

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 Mai 2013

Baltakas, UA Witten (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Standke

Vykintas Baltakas, Emilio Pomàrico, Marcus Weiss (sax), Teodoro Anzellotti (acc) and the WDR SO Köln at the world première of Saxordionphonics on 28 April 2013 in Witten.

World première of Saxordionphonics in Witten

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 April 2013

The world première of Saxordionphonics for saxophone, accordion and chamber orchestra takes place today in Witten.

Vykintas Baltakas on this work:

Vykintas Baltakas (c) Marion KalterSaxordionphonics is founded on two structural principles. The first is a strictly rhythmical construct of two to three permuting notes which paces through the entire piece, forming a structural basis, with temporal distensions and condensations, dynamic and colorific variations. The other is a freer level which reacts musically to the first. It is especially scored for solo instruments; it is here where the musical development takes place, the relationship between the levels playing a dramaturgical part. They influence each other, the stronger one transforming the weaker one, when they are not actually rivalling.

For me, it was as if I were observing a shadow-play in space; depending on the time of day, the direction and strength of the light, perception of the space changes, as if the walls and the strict architectonic structure were mobile.

Vykintas Baltakas: Saxordionphonics (2013)
for saxophon, accordion and chamber orchestra | 15’
2 2 3 2 – 2 1 1 0 – perc, str
world prem. 28/4/2013, Witten; Marcus Weiss, sax; Teodoro Anzellotti, acc
WDR SO Köln, cond. Emilio Pomàrico

Haas, Baltakas, Sotelo, Bedford

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 April 2013

Cantio on the Radio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 April 2013

Cantio 2013 Berlin (c) Martin Christopher Welker

Today the RBB Kulturradio broadcasts a recording of Vykintas Baltakas’ Cantio from the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin on 17 January 2013.

The stream starts at 21:04 (CET) and is available on the RBB Kulturradio homepage:

rbb Kulturradio

LEN presents a portrait of Luciano Berio at the festival Jauna Muzika on 4 April 2013

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 April 2013

LEN (c) Lithuanian Ensemble NetworkThe Lithuanian Ensemble Network (LEN) is a professional ensemble connecting Baltic musicians dedicated to contemporary music. Its primary concern is to establish contacts with the main figures of the contemporary music world, involving them into the Baltic music scene and creating a creative platform for emerging composers. LEN is also acting internationally, having performed at the WDR Cologne, the RUHR.2010 – Capital of Culture, and the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin.

The ensemble started its own concert series – “Composers of our time” – in Vilnius in 2010. The next concert of “Composers of our time” on 4 April is dedicated to Luciano Berio, representing a broad spectrum of works, written between 1952 and 1999:

Sequenza III (1968), Air (aus “Opera” 1969/1970), Naturale (1985), El mar la mar (1952/1969), O King (1968), Lied (1983), Différences (1958–1959) and Altra voce (1999).

This concert is a cooperation between the LEN and the festival Jauna Muzika. Vykintas Baltakas will be conducting, with soprano Rita Balta and mezzosoprano Rita Mačiliūnaitė.

The “Composers of our time” will be continued in the season 2013/2014, focusing on Wolfgang Rihm and Matthias Pintscher.

 

With the support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and the Goethe Institut Vilnius.


Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
in cooperation with the festival of electronic music “Jauna muzika”
4 April 2013, Vilnius (LT)

Giedrius Gelgotas, fl; Andrius Žiūra, cl; Andrius Žiūra, cl; Karolis Kolakauskas, cl; Rima Chačaturian, pno; Raimondas Sviackevičius, acc; Tomas Kulikauskas, perc; Vilija Gencevičiūtė, harp; Ieva Sipaitytė, vno; Robertas Bliškevičius, vla; Vita Šiugždinienė, vc; Danielius Rubinas, cb

Rita Balta, s; Rita Mačiliūnaitė, ms

Vykintas Baltakas, cond.

French premiere of Vykintas Baltakas’ Lift to Dubai

Posted on 09 Januar 2013

Ensemble 2e2mEnsemble 2e2m gives the French premiere of Vykintas Baltakas‘ Lift to Dubai this Thursday at their concert in Paris.

Read more on the 2e2m website.

Vykintas Baltakas’ Cantio in Berlin

Posted on 02 Juli 2012

Vykintas Baltakas Cantio 2004

Vykintas Baltakas’ music theatre work Cantio will be performed at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin in January 2013.

Cornelia Heger will direct the stage production, and the composer himself will conduct the Lithuanian Ensemble Network. The production is a cooperation between K&K Kulturmanagement & Kommunikation Berlin, Ultraschall and the Konzerthaus Berlin.

Read more on the composer’s website and download a PDF file of our brochure.

New Vykintas Baltakas Website

Posted on 06 Juni 2012

Baltakas Website

Vykintas Baltakas’ new website is live.

Find information on the composer, his works, texts, photos and performances at www.baltakas.net.

Follow Baltakas also on Twitter @baltakas and Posterous.

Christmas Radio

Posted on 23 Dezember 2011

Radio
Before we disappear amongst the Christmas wrapping, here are a few tips for your listening pleasure over the holidays.

Pierre Boulez’ Notations are on Radio SWR2 tonight (Friday) at 8pm German time.

David Sawer’s Stramm Gedichte will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:45pm London time.

Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat is sung by the NDR choir tomorrow (Saturday 24th) at 7pm German time on Radio NDR Kultur.

Once the new year kicks off, listen to the Arditti Quartet performing Vykintas Baltakas’ string quartet b(ell tree) on SWR2 on Wednesday 4th January at 11pm German time.

French speakers might like to listen to France Culture’s Villes Mondes Vienne episode, which was first broadcast on 13th November and contains an interview with Friedrich Cerha.

Merry Christmas!

Vykintas Baltakas in New York

Posted on 14 Oktober 2011

Jack Quartet

Vykintas Baltakas features at the SONiC Festival at the Miller Theatre in New York this Sunday.

The JACK Quartet gives the US première of his string quartet b(ell tree).

Read more and listen to an excerpt here.

Vykintas Baltakas at the Usedom Music Festival

Posted on 10 Oktober 2011

David GeringasVykintas Baltakas’ Commentum for cello and piano receives its German premiere tonight at the Usedom Music Festival.

Artist in Residence David Geringas is accompanied by Ian Fountain.

See the full score of Commentum and listen to an excerpt on this page.

Here is Vykintas Baltakas’ blog. His Twitter feed is here.

New Audio Excerpt of Baltakas’ Commentum

Posted on 13 Juli 2011

Vykintas BaltakasWe’ve just received the recording of the world première of Vykintas Baltakas’ new work for cello and piano, Commentum.

David Geringas and Ian Fountain gave the first performance at the Vilnius Festival. Their next performance will be in October at the Usedomer Musikfest in Germany.

Listen to an excerpt and view the full score of the work

Our new catalogue of works by Vykintas Baltakas is here.