The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.

LSO and Pina Napolitano in Rundāle Palace

On 11 June at 5 pm in the White Hall of Rundāle Palace Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under Atvars Lakstīgala will perform Arnold Schönberg’s Piano Concerto together with an outstanding Italian pianist Pina Napolitano.

Pina Napolitano came to zenith of fame in 2012 when her first CD was released with the recording of Arnold Schönberg’s complete piano works, which received high appraisal from music critics of the world. She has won high acclaim for performing music by Liszt, Ravel and Bartók. Lately the pianist has special interest in music of New Viennese School. She believes it to be very emotional and expressive music, not just an intellectual adventure, which is quite contrary to the views of many other performers. The audience loves not only the pure, elegant and beautiful sound of Pina Napoletano’s performance but also her virtuosity and unusual ability to perform all concerts by memory. This is not for impressing the audience but for achieving maximum concentration which also holds the audience. The Italian pianist is giving regular concerts and master classes in Europe and Russia.

InJune in Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and the Italian pianist will be recording music of famous composers of the 20th century Arnold Schönberg, Béla Bartók and Ernst Krenek for the album to be released by the American record label ODRADEK RECORDS.

The concert in Rundāle Palace will feature Austrian composer Arnold Schönberg’s (one of the most influential composers of the 20th century and also a renowned painter) Piano Concerto (1942) which is around 25 minutes long. It is one of his late works, composed in America, where he was forced to move because of his Jewish descent. The manuscript contains markings at the beginning of each of the four movements suggesting an autobiographical connection between the work and its composer, as well as refugees in general. Each of the four movements “Life was so easy”, “Suddenly hatred broke out”, “A grave situation was created”, and “But life goes on” match with suitable expressions in music. It was the composer’s decision not to include the markings in the final published version.

The audience will have a chance to hear one of the best-known and most frequently played classical music pieces in the world – Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, since the Second World War often referred to as “Victory Symphony” premiered in 1808 in Vienna. Beethoven himself said about the opening motif: “Thus fate knocks at the door!“ A story goes that Beethoven wrote this motif after he heard the singing of a yellowhammer while having a walk in the park. The symphony reflects the fight between a man and fate.

Beethoven was writing the symphony almost for four years while composing other pieces, including large music forms. It was the time of Napoleonic wars and Beethoven was over 30 when his personal life was influenced by his increasing deafness. The Fifth Symphony was premiered in a four hours long concert along with Symphony No. 6 and his other compositions, and was conducted by composer himself. The audience was exhausted by the long concert, nevertheless during the last piece Beethoven stopped the music after a mistake of one of the musicians and started it again. The critics noted that the orchestra did not play particularly well with only one rehearsal before the concert.

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