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Every first-class instrument, which is obviously eponymous with the Steinway & Sons pianos, is like a unique personality. It may inspire the endless quest for tonal perfection, beguile us with its inimitable timbre, respond to the most delicate touch of the pianist’s fingers. It is like a human being, a kindred spirit, the one you understand utterly and intuitively.
This night in early spring features three conversations between the Steinway piano and pianist Jurgis Karnavičius who happened to be its godfather: last year he picked this instrument in Hamburg especially for the Klaipėda Concert Hall. The programme includes Beethoven’s Six Bagatelles, Op. 126, which form his last work for piano, the unrecognized piano cycle “Letters” by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, which bears testimony to his dramatic personal life, and five piano etudes by Philip Glass, an American minimalist composer and one of the musical icons of our time.
“Conversations with the Steinway” embrace three very different worlds, in which music becomes a vehicle that transports us to the cosmic expanse and cleanses our souls.