On Tuesday, August 16, she performed the soprano part in Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 14. The bass part was sung by another outstanding Lithuanian soloist, Kostas Smoriginas.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this concert has been postponed from November 29, 2020.
LVSO artistic director and chief. musicologist Viktoras Gerulaitis called the series of symphonies of D. Šostaković (1906–1975) conceived by the conductor G. Rinkevičius “a musical cultural event without analogues in Lithuania and Lithuania”. And the performance of one of the most desired soloists is a real moment of happiness for the audience.
D. Shostakovich’s Fourteenth Symphony, written for soprano, bass, string orchestra and percussion, is the composer’s creative response to Modest Mussorgsky’s vocal cycle “Songs and Dances of Death”. It consists of eleven related parts, each of which features verses by different authors (Federico García Lorca, Guillaume Apollinaire, Wilhelm Küchelbecker, Rainer Maria Rilke’s) in Russian, mostly on the theme of death.
Asmik recorded this work last year with the French Radio Symphony Orchestra and German soloist Matthias Goerne, and performed it three years ago at the Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. Now the biography of the soloist was supplemented by G. Rinkevičius’ emotional interpretation.
It is amazing that the artist, basking in the rays of fame, was able to pay tribute to the Lithuanian audience. A.Grigorian’s enormous busyness is evidenced by the fact that she escaped to Lithuania in the middle of performances that required extraordinary endurance at the Salzburg Festival. There, Asmik even sings the three main characters in Giacomo Puccini’s Triptike (Il Trittico), which consists of three one-act operas of different genres. Only a few famous sopranos in the history of opera decided to do that.
According to critics, with this work, balancing on the edge of vocal and physical capabilities, A. Grigorian extended the 2018 “Salomea” sensation in Salzburg. Asmik’s name is on everyone’s lips in Salzburg today, and her performances are accompanied by unbridled frenzy from the audience.
According to A.Grigorian, she is interested in testing her limits, but not for career, but for the joy of creativity. The artist will return to the stage of Salzburg tomorrow.