The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
Wilhem LATCHOUMIA / piano
Oskars PETRAUSKIS / saxophone
Gintaras RINKEVICIUS/ conductor
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
Nikolay RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Capriccio Espagnol, op. 34
Maurice RAVEL – Piano Concerto in G major
Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY – Italian Capriccio, op. 45
Ēriks ESENVALDS – Visions of Arctic: Sea (world premiere)
The festival opening concert will present two symphonic capriccios. Naval officer Rimsky-Korsakov’s music offers a wide range of Spanish rhythms, in turn his countryman Tchaikovsky revives his lost joviality in the sunny Rome, and his lively Capriccio reflects Italian folk songs.
Besides these masterpieces of the 19th century, the audience will hear Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major conveying the sparkling vitality of the 20th century post-war Europe. It will be a pleasure to listen to this opus of bright and wild joy performed by a soloist born in France - Wilhelm Lachoumia. The French press write that fairies have put a spell on Lachoumia. The pianist makes the most complicated contemporary music sound captivating like a crime story, his connection with audience is magic.
The concert will close with a recenly written piece – Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra “Arctic Visions: Sea”. The composer is renowned as a Latvian master of meditation and a virtuoso landscapist who is very familiar with the northern nature. His “Liepāja Concerto” was devoted to the magic of Arctic night. In his recent composition, Ešenvalds is depicting the harsh wilderness of the northern sea with an inimitably beautiful sound of Oskars Petrauskis’ saxophone trailing like a shining pattern in the sky above.