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Osvaldas Balakauskas - String quartets

by Chordos String quartet



Osvaldas Balakauskas (b. 1937) is one of Lithuania’s most prominent modernist composers, whose authority and musical influence have shaped generations of composers since the 1970s. As one of Lituania’s most prolific composers, Balakauskas developed a unique and personal voice, described in his theoretical treatise Dodecatonics. In his music, Balakauskas does not use strictly calculated structures just for the sake of theoretical exploration. Instead, he employs them to create stylistically recognisable soundscapes, at times resembling Neobaroque, Neoromantic or Neoimpressionist aesthetics, some being reminiscent of Medieval plainchant or jazz. His system allows him to borrow from many 20th-century compositional techniques and genres, which at some point in his creative career he has explored to varying degrees, including controlled aleatorics, sonorism, minimalism, electronic music and even collage.
String quartet is one of the genres which reflect different stages of creative evolution of Osvaldas Balakauskas. This Album includes the premiere recordings of his First and Fourth quartets – it is the first time they are presented to the audience, never having been publicly performed before.


released June 30, 2021

Ieva Sipaitytė, Violin I
Vaida Paukštienė, Violin II
Robertas Bliškevičius, Viola
Vita Šiugždinienė, Cello

Recorded in 2018 MAMA Studios
Recording, editing and mastering MAMA Studios
Recording engineer Arūnas Zujus
Texts by Linas Paulauskis
Photos Kęstutis Kurienius, MIC.lt, Arūnas Baltėnas
Design Neringa Žukauskaitė
Executive producer Robertas Bliškevičius

©, (P) 2019 VšĮ “Muzikos ruduo”, Mildos 12-14, LT-10311, Vilnius info@chordosquartet.lt, www.chordosquartet.lt
The release of this recording was supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture
NoBusiness Records NBCD-CC1


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