The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 6 October at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER”, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra invites its youngest listeners to the concert “Mysteries of Discovery”.
“The new concert series will take you on a breathtaking musical journey. We will explore how ancient and sometimes forgotten music can be rediscovered and find out how the role of orchestra, conductor and concert has changed over centuries. We will learn who is a virtuoso and see what secrets the music cabinet of Liepāja Holy Trinity Cathedral keeps,” tells about the new concert programme the famous Latvian clarinettist Egīls Šēfers who once again will be the narrator at the concert.
The programme will begin with Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for French horn, played by Edgars Reimanis, second principal French horn of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. “One could say that Vivaldi was like a rock star of the Baroque period, because his music was so exciting and nowadays is still interesting,” explains the narrator of the concert Egīls Šēfers. Vivaldi’s music during his lifetime was very popular and in great demand. The famous composer wrote music in Venice in Ospedale della Pietà – the orphanage and music school for young girls. Apparently one of them played French horn very well, which is why he has written not just one or two, but 39 concertos for French horn, all of them wonderful and exciting compositions. It has to be noted that these concerts have been forgotten for many years and it was only in 50s and 60s that this most valuable music was found among old sheets of music. “It is truly breath-taking and rocky music while still being quintessentially Baroque,” tells Egīls Šēfers.
The new concert programme will demonstrate how over centuries the role of orchestra and also of the orchestra conductor changed. Early music researcher and enthusiast Māris Kupčs will conduct the orchestra while also playing the harpsicord.
Speaking about discoveries, Egīls Šēfers says: “There is no need to chase the discoveries far and wide, one can find marvels right here in Liepāja. The music archives of the Trinity Cathedral are a big treasure.” During the concert Māris Kupčs will share his stories about him finding the archives of the Liepāja Trinity Cathedral. Valuable sheets of music covered in cobweb and untouched since 1940s were discovered in the old organ. It was real treasure – music by composers who had worked in Liepāja, Duchy of Courland. “True, it is mostly sacred music, but there is also music for orchestra, which will be performed,” tells Egīls Šēfers, “It will be the overture for the opera “The Hunt” by Johann Adam Hiller, Kapellmeister of Duchy of Courland”.
Another significant discovery was the Oratorio “The Death of Jesus” by Prussian Kapellmeister Carl Heinrich Graun, which was known to be the first professional composition written in the Baroque period (17th century), which has been translated into Latvian by Stenders. It had been sung in Latvian in Liepāja, Jelgava and everywhere in Kurzeme. It will be performed in Liepāja for the first time from the scores and notes reconstructed by Māris Kupčs in Liepāja. It will be just an excerpt from the Oratorio - the virtuoso part of the soprano will be sung by the early music singer Ilze Grēvele.
In the end of the concert the audience will see what the role of the conductor is in the 19th century – how big the orchestra has grown and how its sound has changed. The audience will have a chance to hear Richard Wagner’s Overture for the opera “Rienzi”, which actually was created while the world renowned composer was staying in our country. Wagner’s connection with Latvia and Riga is well known.
Tickets to all the concerts organised by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra can be purchased in box offices of “Biļešu paradīze” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.