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.
This is Gabrielius Alekna’s third CD of Bacevičius’ music, following the critically acclaimed recording on Naxos of Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 (with the Lithuanian National Symphony, Christopher Lyndon-Gee conducting), released in spring 2015. The current release also marks the second collaboration (after an aforementioned Naxos recording) with the fantastic Tonmeister Vilius Keras and Aleksandra Suchova.