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Ülo Krigul’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra will be premiered in Lithuania at a concert dedicated to the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia

Erki Pehk. Photo: Aleksei Plisko

Ülo Krigul. Photo: Iris Oja

On February 24, a concert dedicated to the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia will be held at the Kaunas State Philharmonic, where Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Erki Pehk. Soloists are young talents violinist Dalia Kuznecovaite (Lithuania) and cellist Kristaps Bergs (Latvia).

The concert will feature the premiere of Ülo Krigul's Concerto for Violin and Symphony Orchestra Cloudworks (2021), Kristaps Bergs will play the solo part in Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel (version for cello and chamber orchestra), and both soloists will perform Johannes Brahms' Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 102.

The title of Krigul’s concerto – Cloudworks – refers to shapes and shades around us. Clouds work both ways – they are endlessly taking shapes, continuously appearing and disappearing as well as transforming the light. The concerto has a rather classical structure in general, shaped in three movements with small introduction and coda and a cadenza. The solo violin has a leading role throughout the piece, triggering different actions in music. Even if it sometimes is taking shelter by orchestral soundscapes it still remains giving impact from the inside until it emerges again onto the surface foreground.

The concert was commissioned by the Orchestre National de Bretagne, and its premiere in Rennes, France, was postponed.

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