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Phillip Scott
Fanfare, November 2015

…Performances and recording quality are first-rate. Lyndon-Gee gave us…revelatory recordings of the music of Igor Markevitch and the symphonies of George Rochberg. His detailed, understanding approach pays similar dividends here, while the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra shines in the service of its under-appreciated countryman. Pianist Gabrielius Alekna…brings both pinpoint accuracy…and sensitivity to piano parts that are undoubtedly trickier to negotiate than they sound. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review




Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, August 2015

Pianist Gabrielius Alekna deserves some credit here for a job well done. The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra directed by Christopher Lyndon-Gee also give fine, dedicated performances. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Ralph Graves
WTJU, July 2015

Pianist Gabrielius Alekna does a tremendous job. Bacevivius demands a lot from the soloist, and Alekna delivers. The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra directed by Christopher Lyndon-Gee also perform credibly…

Bacevicius was indeed an original composer, and his music merits further exposure. © 2015 WTJU Read complete review



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, June 2015

Both pianist and orchestra serve the composer well as does conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, May 2015

It is music well thought-through and takes a few hearings to assimilate. The Fourth Concerto is something of a major find, with a difficult and dexterous piano part, a very advanced orchestral presence, a very modern feel to it, on the edge of tonality and beyond.

The performances are good, especially those by soloist Alekna. …this gives us a vivid, balanced and dramatic picture of a compositional personality that deserves recognition. It is complex and satisfying music that sounds fresh and very much alive. © 2015 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2015

Though born in Poland in 1905, and spending his life in exile, Lithuania lays claim to the musical soul of the virtuoso pianist and composer, Vytautas Bacevičius. The booklet’s biography sets out his years of self-imposed exile from his father’s Lithuanian homeland, when he first went to study in Paris, followed by years of touring as a concert pianist. He was on an extended visit to South America when the Second World War began, and found his dual passport worthless. Fortunately he gained sanctuary in the United States where he enjoyed a successful life in the concert hall and as a teacher. Yet from his younger years he was intent on becoming a composer—his sister Grażyna enjoying success in that field—and was to publish an extensive portfolio of scores. Sadly, from the vast volume of letters he wrote, we learn he has always homesick for Lithuania, where he had spent his formative years. Stylistically he was wedded to tonality through to the 1940’s, Scriabin the ever present inspiration, with the technical demands of the Third concerto also owing much to Liszt. He then made a very conscious move towards the post-war avant garde of the new Polish era of Lutosławski, and at that point he should have been readily embraced into the concert repertoire, his Fourth concerto, ‘Symphonic Concertante’, from 1962, a masterpiece of that period. Often forming part of the orchestral texture, the piano part is extremely difficult, a second movement seemingly one of improvisation as it moves to the central orchestral eruption. The highly coloured Spring Suite stands between the two, both in the date of composition and style, at times following in the footsteps of Charles Ives. Throughout there is a deep commitment in the playing of the Lithuanian Orchestra under Christopher Lyndon-Gee, the multi-award winning pianist, Gabrielius Alekna, unfazed by his taxing role. I look forward to this ongoing series of discs. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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