The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 25 March at 7 pm in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and State Choir "Latvija" conducted by Māris Sirmais will perform music by Gabriel Fauré and Giya Kancheli. The concert will also feature soloists – soprano Elīna Šimkus, bass-baritone Rihards Mačanovskis and Ukrainian violist from Great Britain Maxim Rysanov.
Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem (1877) is amongst the most popular and most frequently performed masses in memoriam in Western European music history. Compared to Mozart’s Requiem which has some tragic movements in it or Verdi’s Requiem with its operatic passion Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem threatens slightly with the Judgement Day, but is mostly soothing and light. Maybe it is because Fauré composed the Requiem, so to say, for his own pleasure – the music is not commemorating anyone, it contemplatesthe transientand the eternal without pain. Gabriel Fauré was one of the foremost composers of French romanticism, pianist, organist and teacher.
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and State Choir "Latvija" conducted by Māris Sirmais will perform the Requiem with brilliant soloists fromthe Latvian National Opera – soprano Elīna Šimkus and bass-baritone Rihards Mačanovskis.
One of the world’s leading and most charismatic Ukrainian violists from Great Britain –Maxim Rysanov, who was nominated for the Grammy Award in 2013, together with Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and State Choir "Latvija" will perform Concerto "Styx" for viola, mixed chorus and orchestra, composed in 1999 by the world renowned Georgian composer Giya Kancheli. In 2007 British recording company Onyx released a CD with the concerto recorded in Riga Dome Cathedral under conductor Māris Sirmais with participation of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, Youth Choir “Kamēr”, State Choir "Latvija" and violist Maxim Rysanov. During the interview in March 2014 for newspaper “Diena” Giya Kancheli said to the musicologist Inese Lūsiņa: “I consider Māris Sirmais to be excellent in everything: brilliant choir leader, musician and conductor.He and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra made an exceptionally emotional and excellent recording of "Styx". I am very happy it has been released in a CD.”
In Greek mythology Styx is the river separating the world of the living from the land of the dead. The Greeks believed thatsouls after death travelby boat to Hades across the river Styx. Born in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, the composer devoted this concerto to his colleagues, victims of the Soviet Union regime.