The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 25 February at 5 p. m. in the White Hall of Rundāle Palace, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will continue the concert series “Liepāja Sounds in Rundāle Palace” with performances of music by Bach and Stravinsky under conductor Lutz Köhler. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins will be performed by two virtuoso violinists of the orchestra ‒ Ilze Zariņa and Līga Baltābola.
The concert programme will include the third of the four Johann Sebastian Bach’s orchestral suites, the Concerto for Two Violins and Brandenburg Concerto No.3, as well as Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from the ballet “Pulcinella”.
Concerto for Two Violins is perhaps one of the most famous compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach; it is considered to be one of the best examples of late Baroque music. The Opus was written between 1717 and 1723 when Bach was Kapellmeister in Köthen, Germany. The Concerto is characterized by the subtle yet expressive relationship between the violins throughout the work.
The soloists of the Concerto will be the principal violinists of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra ‒ Orchestra’s concertmaster Ilze Zariņa and the principal first violin Līga Baltābola. "Both violin parts are equal thus creating an exciting and harmonious dialogue. This Concerto is in the repertoire of almost all world famous violinists. Usually such musical tandem had been a result of previous collaboration and friendship. Ilze and me are playing in the orchestra side by side every day and have been sharing a music-stand already for 7 years; we know each other since school when we had violin classes with Romāns Šnē at Emīls Dārziņš Music School. The possibility to play solo with orchestra together is yet another special occasion of being together in music," says Līga Baltābola and ads: "I am very much looking forward to this exquisite programme, especially because our orchestra has not played Baroque music under Lutz Köhler before. It is definitely going to be an extremely interesting musical exploration and a creatively enriching experience, as having watched Maestro at work when every phrasing, bowing and pause has justification, I have no doubt it is going to be a special concert."
Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 is one of the four Brandenburg Concertos which have been widely regarded as unsurpassed Baroque pearls by music critics at different times. The concertos are not related and have been written over the period of 10 years. They were never played during Bach’s lifetime. In 1721, Bach presented the manuscripts of the six concertos along with an accompanying letter to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt. Later they were sold for a few groschen and finally left unused in the Royal Library of Prussia until 1849, when they were rediscovered and given the well-known present title of Brandenburg Concertos.
In the end of the concert the audience will have a possibility to enjoy the music of the previous century ‒ Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from the ballet “Pulcinella”. The music of the ballet (which includes also singing) was commissioned by the legendary Russian ballet dancer Sergei Diaghilev in 1919, and was written after the themes by the Italian composer of the 18th century Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. Igor Stravinsky's ballet "Pulcinella" was premiered in Paris in 1920, choreographed by Leonid Masin, with costumes and scenery by Pablo Picasso, and conducted by Ernest Ansermet.
Tickets to LSO concerts can be purchased at all Box Offices of "Biļešu paradīze”, at www.bilesuparadize.lv and one hour before the concert at the event venue.