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Thomas Mc Clain
American Record Guide, October 2000

"Vytautas Sondeckis (b 1972) is the son of Lithuanian conductor Saulius Sondeckis. He studied at the St Petersburg Conservatory and has won several cello competitions. He is first cello of the NDR Symphony, Hamburg. He brings technical security, handsome tone, a balanced approach, and real feeling to the music in his recital.

"All the favorites are here, and some novelties as well. He begins with Rimsky-Korsakoff (what else - 'The Flight of the Bumblebee', plus an interesting Serenade). Tchaikovsky, Anton Rubinstein, Taneyev, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff also contribute, as do the less known Karl Davidov and Lithuanian Balys Dvarionas (1904-72). The two pieces by Dvarionas (who studied in Germany with Abendroth, Karg-Elert, and Egon Petri) are especially interesting: tuneful and melodic, neatly crafted, altogether enjoyable. They appear to be first recordings; at least, no other works by the composer appear in my most recent Schwann.

The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra supports the soloist well, and conductor Geringas, whose name is gradually becoming a household word, keeps everything together and moving in the right direction. Naxos's sound is clean and pleasant, notes are excellent, packaging attractive. At the Naxos's price, it's tough to pass this one by. And I hope to hear a good deal more from Mr Sondeckis.



Joanne Talbot
The Strad, July 2000

"Vytautas Sondeckis's was born into something of a cello dynasty. His father is a former pupil of Rostropvich, and Vytautas himself studied with David Geringas-one of Rostropovich's most renowned pupils. As such his command of virtuosity and lyrical expressive playing are firmly in place.

"programme of Russian and Lithuanian Romantic repertoire should have wide appeal. Naturally such tried and tested favourites as Rachmaninov's Vocalise, Tchaikovsky's Andante cantabile, ad of course Rimsky-Korsakov's rather irritatingly insistent Flight of the Bumble-Bee find an obvious home. However, enterprise wins the day, not least with the inclusion of By the Lake and Introduction and Rondino by the Lithuanian composer Balys Dvarionas, whose music particularly melodious and elegant."



Stephane Villemin
La Scena Musicale

"Lorsque l'on a pour père un chef d'orchestre aussi talentueux que Saulius Sondeckis et pour mère une remarquable violoncelliste formée à Moscou par Rostropovich, tout porte à réussir une carrière musicale. Après Vilnius et Saint-Pétersbourg, Vytautas Sondeckis a étudié le violoncelle à Lübeck tout en préservant ses racines puisque Davis Geringas, son professeur, est lui aussi Lituanien et disciple de Rostropovich. Il s'est ensuite illustré dans plusieurs concours en Espagne, en Russie et en Nouvelle-Zélande. Ce dernier lui permit d'enregistrer ce disque de musique slave pour la firme Naxos. Réalisée dans sa ville de Vilnius avec l'orchestre de papa dirigé par son maître de violoncelle, cette anthologie est avant tout un voyage en pays de connaissance, et cela s'entend. Constante complicité et vision partagée rayonnent tout au long de l'enregistrement, portant ainsi la musique sur la plus haute marche de la délicatesse et du plaisir. Romantique, nous dit le titre, mais Dvarionas le Lituanien et Chostakovitch le Russe le sont-ils vraiment.? Slave, plus assurément, et intimiste par le choix du programme et par l'interprétation, ce disque révèle un talent artistique d'une musicalité hors pair. Réglant d'entrée de jeu la question de la virtuosité avec un Vol du bourdon à couper le souffle, Vytautas Sondeckis préfère nous livrer les richesses harmoniques qui accompagnent la chaude sonorité de son instrument, au service du chant et de l'émotion. Du lyrisme avant tout, mais du meilleur gout qui soit. Ces interprétations évitent le triple écueil de la lourdeur, du pâteux et de la mièvrerie. L'Orchestre de Chambre de Lituanie soutient, répond, respire et entoure plus qu'il n'accompagne. Un écrin de rêve pour une étoile montante."



McClain
American Record Guide

"The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra supports the soloist well, and conductor Geringas, whose name is gradually becoming a household word, keeps everything together and moving in the right direction, Naxos's sound is clean and pleasant, notes are excellent, packaging attractive. At the Naxos price, it's tough to pass this one by."






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