Release Date: April 14, 2015
Catalog #: NV5992
Format: Digital & Physical
Romantic
Solo Instrumental
Piano

All The Way Back

Vytautas Smetona pianist & composer

On his debut Navona Records release, ALL THE WAY BACK, pianist and composer Vytautas Smetona presents a collection of keyboard repertoire that highlights his enthralling and committed interpretations of some of the great composers’ masterworks as well as an example of his faculty as a cultivated and dynamic composer.

The pieces on this album offer Smetona technical feats and expressive themes, all of which the pianist handles with ease, determination, and eloquence. From Bach’s lyrical and joyous Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp Major, BWV 848 to the somber and dramatic range of Liszt’s Funerailles (October 1849), Smetona evokes passion and refinement in his performances. The technical mastery of works such as Brahms’s Intermezzo in B-flat Minor, Op. 117, No. 2, Schumann’s Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17, and Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 is handled by Smetona with sophistication, lucidity, and powerful passage work. Smetona shows us a balance between accurately playing the notes on the score and interpreting the feeling between them.

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Artist Information

Vytautas Smetona

Composer

Pianist and composer Vytautas Smetona was born in Cleveland OH. His parents, Birute and Julius, and paternal grandparents narrowly escaped the 1940 Soviet invasion and subsequent occupation of Lithuania. Smetona’s grandfather, Antanas Smetona, was the last President of independent Lithuania. The family arrived and settled in the United States in 1941 via a route through Germany, Portugal, and Brazil. Vytautas’ father, Julius, was an attorney, and his mother was a musician.

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