Ondine has released Žibuoklė Martinaitytė’s “Chiaroscuro Trilogy” written for and performed by Gabrielius Alekna

The Finish label “Ondine Records” has released the monographic album titled “Saudade” featuring recent orchestral compositions by the New York-based Lithuanian composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė.  The album features “Chiaroscuro Trilogy,” a work for piano and string orchestra performed by Gabrielius Alekna and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and conducted by a dynamic Austria-based maestra Giedrė Šlekytė.  Ms. Martinaitytė, a decorated composer and Guggenheim Fellow, wrote and dedicated the Trilogy to Mr. Alekna, who premiered it with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra in the 2017 Gaida festival.  The recording has been met with immediate acclaim, garnering praise in numerous publications such as the New York Times, Stereophile Magazine (Recording of the month), Gramophone and BBC Music Magazines.

Praise for NAXOS recording of Bacevičius’ Piano Concertos performed by Gabrielius Alekna

Vytautas Bacevičius: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1, featuring Bacevičius’ Piano concertos Nos. 3 and 4 performed by Gabrielius Alekna, gets high marks from numerous reviewers in print and online.  In this 2015 release, which also includes Bacevičius’ orchestral Spring Suite, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra is 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.  As the title indicates, further installments of Bacevičius’ orchestral works are planned by NAXOS. This was Gabrielius Alekna’s second CD of Bacevičius’ music, following the critically acclaimed recording of complete Mots released by Toccata Classics.

Gabrielius Alekna releases a new solo album on Toccata Classics

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.

NAXOS has released Bacevičius’ Piano Concertos performed by Gabrielius Alekna

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 (Piano Concerto No. 3 and Spring Suite) are world première recordings.  As the title indicates, further installments of Bacevičius’ orchestral works are planned by NAXOS.   This is Gabrielius Alekna’s second CD of Bacevičius’ music, following the critically acclaimed recording of complete Mots released by Toccata Classics.