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Mikalojus Ciurlionis: Complete Works for Orchestra / Lithuanian National SO; Kaunas State Choir - Domarkas

Album Summary

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : In the Forest, symphonic poem, for orchestra
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : The Sea, symphonic poem
>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : De Profundis, cantata for chorus & orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Mikolojus Ciurlionis (1875-1911) was a unique, immensely talented Lithuanian musician and painter. He is the composer of the first symphonic poems by a Lithuanian. He recorded and arranged Lithuanian folk songs; composed more than 200 pieces for piano and as a painter created about 300 works in the spirit of moderne and art nouveau.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Only the vagaries of history and geography can account for why these works aren't well known. If you like romantic tone poems that never once become bombastic (think of a calm, Baltic Dvorak), I cannot recommend these more highly. De Profundis, Ciurlionis's graduation piece for the Warsaw Conservatory, is a setting in three parts of Psalm 130. The fugal middle section and some of the chords in the end sound Brahmsian to me, and a Slavic influence is also audible. The sound is very good and the playing nearly perfect (these were recorded in Lithuania in 2000); there's an informative background on Ciurlionis and the pieces in Russian and English.



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Works Details

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : In the Forest, symphonic poem, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Juozas Domarkas
  • Ensemble: Kaunas State Choir
  • Running Time: 16 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : The Sea, symphonic poem
  • Running Time: 27 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ciurlionis, Mikalojus Konstantinas : De Profundis, cantata for chorus & orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1899