Vytautas Bacevičius: Piano Music, Volume Two (released September 1, 2016) is a continuation of Gabrielius Alekna’s ongoing series of Bacevičius’ (1905-1970) piano music brought out by the inventive British label Toccata Classics.
As with Volume One (Complete Mots, released in 2011), more than half of the compositions presented on this album are first recordings. Also similarly to Volume One, compositions included here represent the composer’s changing musical language, from his early searching and refined Poèms of the late 1920s, through his energetic larger scale works of the 1940s and 1950s, to his highly original, intricate and at the same time ascetic last piano compositions of the 1960s.
Vytautas Bacevičius: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1, was released by NAXOS in April 2015. The recording features Bacevičius’ Piano concertos Nos. 3 and 4 as well as his Spring Suite performed by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the three-time Grammy nominee Christopher Lyndon-Gee, with Gabrielius Alekna playing piano solo part in the concertos. Two of the three compositions in the album are world première recordings. This is Gabrielius Alekna’s second CD of Bacevičius’ music, following the critically acclaimed recording of complete Mots released by Toccata Classics.
“Jeronimas Kačinskas: Chamber and Instrumental Music” has been issued on “Toccata Classics” label. The recording features the Lithuanian composer’s Reflections, his best and most substantial composition for piano, performed by Gabrielius Alekna. This is Gabrielius Alekna’s second CD on “Toccata Classics,” following a critically acclaimed recording of complete Mots by Vytautas Bacevičius.
Compositions by siblings Vytautas Bacevičius and Gražyna Bacewicz (who came to represent different nations!) were included in the recital program that Gabrielius Alekna brought to audiences at National Gallery in Washington, D.C., United Nations Offices in Geneva, Polish Institute in Rome, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as well as in numerous venues and festivals in Lithuania.