The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 16 September at 7 pm in the new Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will launch the 136th concert season together with amazing and talented young pianist Georgijs Osokins. The orchestra has been already playing in the new hall almost for a year, however this will be the first opening of the concert seasons in the new hall.
The youngest representative of the Osokins’ dynasty of pianists Georgijs Osokins came to his fame quite recently – after receiving the Diploma at the prestigious Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw. During less than a year thousands of music lovers in Europe, the USA and Asia have enjoyed the young pianist’s recitals. Georgijs Osokins has already won a number of prestigious international as well as national awards, including Latvian Great Music Award 2015 in the nomination “The Young Musician of the Year”. “Piano Classics” (UK) recently released the talented artist’s first solo album – recordings of Chopin’s late works.
“Georgijs Osokin’s concert schedule is full two years ahead, nevertheless we were lucky, he accepted our belated invitation and found time to play at the opening concert of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra’s new concert season,” delighted says the board member of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra Uldis Lipskis.
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will mark the new concert season by playing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s music. Symphony No. 2 and Piano Concerto No.3 are known not only as Rachmaninoff’s most popular opuses but are also listed as the most popular ones in the repertoire of classical music.
Until now Georgijs Osokins himself has chosen the repertoire for his recitals which is not always the case in music industry nowadays. This concert is not an exception. Liepāja Symphony Orchestra was open to the suggestion to play Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (Op. 30). “Rachmaninoff is very close to my personal as well as to my musician’s nature. His music is my passion, I feel comfortable in it. This piano concerto has the reputation of one of the most difficult in music literature. Even if it is the most difficult one, it is very comfortable for me! It might be emotionally challenging to play it as it demands enormous devotion. In my view it is a deeply personal work where I find also a number of tragic themes – from exasperating despair till denial of God,” Georgijs Osokins shares his emotions, “In my family Rachmaninoff’s Opus 30 has a special history. My mother (pianist Irina Osokina) performed it at the exam in Moscow Conservatory at the time when she was expecting my brother. This concerto is special and even symbolic not only for me but also for her. Thanks to her we have the old sheets of music of this concerto which I presently use. I develop my own inner story for each piece of music but let it remain a secret.”
Written in 1909, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3, due to it being technically complicated, is feared by quite a number of pianists. The composer dedicated it to his friend, controversially judged nevertheless outstanding Polish pianist and music teacher Josef Hofmann, who never publicly performed it. The concerto was first performed by the New York Symphony Orchestra with Rachmaninoff himself at the piano during his concert tour in the USA. Several weeks later it received a second performance under Gustav Mahler.
Another Sergey Rachmaninoff’s opus performed by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra at its 136th concert season opening will be Symphony No. 2 (Op. 27) written two years earlier. After the harsh criticism, which the composer took keenly to heart, he needed quite a long time to write in a symphonic genre. Though he himself was greatly dissatisfied with the first draft of the symphony, he completed it after several months of works and premiered in 1908 in St. Petersburg, conducting it himself and receiving big ovations.
Tickets to all the concerts organised by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra can be purchased in box offices of “Biļešu paradīze” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.