The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
The concert on 9 March will feature Alexander Kashpurin and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (LSO) performing the most famous pages of Russian musical lyrics. Sergey Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 3 are the most beautiful gems of Russian Romanticism.
After the disastrous premiere of his Symphony No.1 in 1897, Rachmaninov suffered a deep distress which influenced his mental health. For several following years he had a severe writer's crisis. It was only after the turn of the century that he again started to compose actively, which to a great extent was thanks to the physician Nikolai Dahl, who helped Rachmaninov restore his confidence through hypnosis and to whom the composer dedicated the concerto. Piano Concerto No. 2 marked the beginning of a new stage in Rachmaninov's work.
In turn, Tchaikovsky started writing his Symphony, when he was already an acknowledged composer with two highly acclaimed symphonies behind him. He composed Symphony No. 3 in the summer of 1875 allowing himself to experiment, instead of the usual structure of four movements creating a five-movement piece. Besides, it is his only symphony composed in a major key. The symphony conveys a light and optimistic atmosphere and has vivid artistic imagery.
The audience heard Alexander Kashpurin's name for the first time last autumn when the 21 year-old pianist from St Petersburg won Grand Prix at the Jāzeps Vītols 7th International Piano Competition. It has to be noted that Kashpurin won the competition finals by performing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 in the Concert Hall "GREAT AMBER" together with Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. The young pianist studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, he is a laureate of a number of international competitions, has given solo and chamber music performances internationally, and perfected his skills in masterclasses of outstanding pianists.
The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, State Cultural Capital Foundation, and Liepāja City Council.
Tickets to the festival concerts can be purchased in all Box Offices of "Biļešu paradīze” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.