Mataityte, Rusne

Contemporary music has an important place in the repertoire of Rusnė Mataitytė. She performs as a soloist, with the Cascades Trio, the St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, and the Gaida Ensemble. Her playing has done much to bring forward many new compositions by Lithuanian composers.

St Christopher Chamber Orchestra

St Christopher Chamber Orchestra
Founded in in 1994 on the initiative of Prof. Donatas Katkus, this orchestra was named after St. Christopher, the patron saint of the City of Vilnius. During the years of its existence, the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra has become renowned for the remarkable range of musical styles it covers. While the ensemble is often labelled as a „baroque orchestra“, it‘s repertoire features opuses by over thirty Lithuanian composers ranging from early music to the works by students of the Lithuania Academy of Music. Non-Lithuanian composers are on the repertoire too, and the orchestra has played in such prestigious venues as Theatre de Champs Elysée in Paris, Berlin Schauspielhaus, Köln Philharmonic Hall, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Moscow Tchaikovsky Hall, etc.

Katkus, Donatas

Donatus Katkus is a Lithuanian violinist, conductor, musicologist and teacher. He established the Vilnius String Quartet and founded and directed the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra. In 2001, he was awarded the Lithuanian State Prize and in 2003 he was awarded the World Intellectual Property Organization Award.
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Sadie Harrison's violin concerto An Unexpected Light is coupled with chamber music exploring the folk musics of Lithuania, the Northern Caucasus and the Near East, and invoking Bartok’s treatment of his native Hungarian folksong. The music is performed by the Lithuanian artists for whom it was written, and was recorded in Vilnius.


“The third movement of … an angel reads my open book… sums up the attractions of Sadie Harrsion’s engagement with the folk art of Lithuania. This is a music of concise forms, subtle textures and very direct expression. An absorbing and appealing compilation.”

"NMC has struck gold ... A wonderful sequence which held us enthralled, playing the programme through with only one brief pause; a marvellous 'concert' which builds on the legacy of Bartok's and Kodaly's pioneering collecting blong ago, and gives 'cross-over' a new and enriched meaning; a disc to which we will return."
Musical Pointers

‘All credit to the performers here for invoking the very special sound world the composer evokes.’ Fanfare


 Sadie Harrison’s music is published by the University of York Music Press.


The works on this disc were recorded in the Great Hall of the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society, Vilnius: An Unexpected Light was recorded on 23 February 2004; A Hidden angel reads my open book... and Songs for Rusne on 14-15 February 2005; and Geda’s Weavings  and The Bride’s Journey on 30-31 January 2006.

Recording Engineer/ Producer: DAVID LEFEBER
Assistant Engineer: BALYS RAGENAS

Cover photo by SADIE HARRISON

(P) 2007 NMC Recordings Ltd

University of York Music Press
Catalogue number:
NMC D125
Release Date:
4 September 2007