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

LSO performs with Aurēlija Šimkus

On 20 February at 6 pm in the White Hall of Rundāle Palace the concert series “Liepāja Sounds in Rundāle Palace” will continue with the concert “Aurēlija Šimkus and Vienna Classics”, featuring Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and pianist Aurēlija Šimkus under the guidance of conductor Atvars Lakstīgala. 

The concert programme will begin with Antonio Salieri’s Overture to the Opera “Cublai, gran kan de’ Tartari”, which had not been staged during the composer’s life. It was premiered only in 1998 in Germany. Nowadays the arduous and elfish overture to the opera has earned an independent and valuable role in symphony music concert programmes.

The young and talented pianist Aurēlija Šimkus has recorded two highly acclaimed solo albums with the German record company ARS Produktion. This year she will make her first recoding with orchestra, featuring Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.12. The composer described the concerto in his letter to his father in comparison with concertos No. 11 and No. 13 as “a happy medium between what is too easy and too difficult; they are very brilliant, pleasing to the ear”.

“The story of Vienna classics Mozart and Salieri has been a live issue ever since their death. The audience will have an opportunity to learn about the personalities of the two composers, however, it has to be noted, in different and incomparable genres”, explains Atvars Lakstīgala, Artistic Manager and Chief Conductor of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. “I heard Salieri’s Overture a few years ago in Berlin. Salieri’s music has excellent, even outstanding artistic qualities, and if anyone would have told me it was written by Mozart, I would have naively believed, had I not known the true author of the music.”

The concert programme will be concluded by Ludwig van Beethoven’s Second Symphony, which was created at the time when the composer was young and rich with creative ideas while also experiencing the tragedy of the first symptoms of his deafness. Witty humour and vivacity permeating the Symphony are mostly achieved by various amazing dynamic, melodious and harmonic effects. Perhaps Beethoven’s personal tragedy encouraged him to seek strength in creativity – in something positive and comic. The second part of the symphony with one of the most expressive solos ever composed for clarinet sounds like a warm-hearted song.

“Beethoven’s music is lively, delicate, full of laughter and grotesque, sometimes serious, sometimes electrifyingly tumultuous. The Second Symphony is no exception. It will be a true love drama with passion and fiery sparkling temperament,” says Atvars Lakstīgala.

This programme will be performed on 18 February at 7 pm at Dzintari Concert Hall in Jūrmala (the concert is organised by Dzintari Concert Hall).