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Žibuoklė Martinaitytė





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February 2021

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1386-2


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Track listing

Saudade (2019)

Millefleur (2018)

Horizons (2013)

Chiaroscuro Trilogy (2017)
I. Tunnel

II. Meteors

III. Darkness of Light

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Ondine’s releases on Baltic composers continue with a new exciting release featuring recent orchestral compositions by New York-based Lithuanian composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė (b. 1973) composed within a span of six years performed by Lithuanian orchestras conducted by the young talented Lithuanian conductor Giedrė Šlekytė and pianist Gabrielius Alekna as soloist.


Martinaitytė was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2020. Among her output are impressive orchestral compositions with evocative titles and beautiful orchestral textures with precision to detail. The most recent of the works, Saudade (2019) symbolizes the stratum of multiple yearnings: sadness for missing and happiness for experiencing the past. Millefleur (2018) is a work that the composer has described as “acoustic hedonism, a search for acoustic pleasures”. Martinaitytė’s Chiaroscuro trilogy (2017) is a 3-movement work for piano and strings, reflecting the very essence of our existence; the various grades of darkness and light. Horizons (2013) was written in New York and Lithuania and was inspired by two movies, Cloud Atlas and The Hours as well as Italo Calvino’s novel If on a winter’s night a traveler. In this work the listener travels through one story to another.


The winner of the second prize at the 2005 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna, pianist Gabrielius Alekna has appeared as a soloist in Vienna’s Musikverein and has also been a featured soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Amsterdam and Adelphi Symphony Orchestras in New York, Wartburg Community Symphony in Iowa, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey, and with the Belarus State Symphony Orchestra in Minsk, while in his native country the pianist appears regularly with major orchestras including the National Symphony, the State Symphony, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestras, the Christopher Chamber, and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestras. In 2019, Alekna joined piano faculty at Brooklyn College of City University of New York.


Founded in 1960, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (LCO) is recognised as one of the finest and most internationally acclaimed Lithuanian orchestras. Over the years its tour itineraries have covered the length and breadth of Europe, reached both Americas, Africa, Arabic countries, Australia, China and Japan. The LCO has appeared at major European halls such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna’s Musikverein, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Salle Pleyel and Gaveau in Paris, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus to name a few. Sergej Krylov is the orchestra's music director, soloist and conductor since 2008.


Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) has been active for more than seven decades. After the restoration of Lithuania’s independence, in 1990 the Orchestra was given the name and status of the National Symphony Orchestra. The LNSO has accumulated an extensive, colourful and significant repertoire, embracing works of oratorio genre and symphonic opuses of the past epochs as well as modern contemporary music with the works by the Lithuanian composers occupying an important place. During the years the LNSO has performed in many of the major European concert halls.



Conductor Giedrė Šlekytė began her musical education at the National Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Art School in Vilnius. She went on to study conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, the Academy of Music and Theatre in Leipzig and the Zurich University of Arts. Internationally sought after as a guest conductor, Giedrė Šlekytė has already worked with some of the finest European orchestra, including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Staatskapelle Dresden, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, to name a few. Prize winner of the International Malko Competition for Young Conductor" in Copenhagen she also received the 2nd prize at the International Conducting Competition Solon Michaelides in 2013 in Cyprus (1st prize not awarded). In March 2015, she was nominated for the Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and in 2018 as "Newcomer of the year" at the International Opera Awards.



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