Bronius Kutavičius: The Seasons: Oratorio

Bronius Kutavičius: The Seasons: Oratorio

Bronius Kutavičius’ oratorio The Seasons (2005–8) sets texts from a classic Lithuanian poem by the eighteenth-century pastor-poet Kristijonas Donelaitis which describes the lives of the peasants as they toil throughout the year. Kutavičius has long been fascinated with Lithuania’s folk-heritage, and The Seasons mixes musical modernism and primitivism in a powerful portrayal of the interaction of human activity and natural forces.

Vilnius Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika; St. Cristopher Chamber Orchestra; Darius Meškauskas, reader; Donatus Katkus, conductor;

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Catalogue No: TOCC0200
EAN/UPC: 5060113442000
Release Date: 02.10.2015
Composer: Bronius Kutavičius
Artists: Darius Meškauskas, Donatus Katkus, St. Cristopher Chamber Orchestra, Vilnius Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika

1 review for Bronius Kutavičius: The Seasons: Oratorio

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    “Bronius Kutavičius is one of Lithuania’s leading composers, a mesmerist who enfolds his audiences and listeners in trance-like music embedded in structures redolent of Pagan ritual. … There is constant accretion of colour and timbre, strong and striking intensifications that elevate the monotonous stretches into a kind of bardic celebration. The music glowers, the brass woozes, long passages sound sun-drunk on Pantheism. … A work with a large role for narrator – in truth so theatrically declaimed that he becomes almost shamanistic – and for chorus and chamber orchestra needs to justify this long span of time. … Thinking about the stylistic boundaries of a work such as this I can only come up with Stravinsky on one side and Orff – in less belligerent mode – on the other. Immersion in the rite demands qualities that may be beyond even the natural adherent. Its minimalistic bases are powerfully rooted in specifically Lithuanian elements. It’s not necessary to know Lithuanian folklore or to apprehend the agrarian realities of eighteenth-century life to appreciate the textual ramifications of the oratorio. It does involve, however, a strong degree of surrender to Kutavičius’ sense of proportion and, specifically, to the narrowness of the music’s intervals. The nearer to the appreciation of those particular elements one gets, the more likely it is that one will become engrossed in the music.” –Music Web International, January 2016

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