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

Outstanding choir music in the Stars Festival

On 11 March at 7 pm in the Great Hall of the Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” one of the top chamber choirs in the world – Latvian Radio Choir will give the concert “Fascinating Voices” in frames of the 24thLiepāja International Stars Festival.

“Latvian Radio Choir is one of the top European chamber choirs. It demonstrateshigh musical culture, intelligence and a unique richness of sound from crystal clear lucidity, orchestral and colourful magnificence to surpassing boundaries of human voice – these properties have put the choir on the map of the music world,” says musicologist Orests Silabriedis. The world renowned Estonian conductor Tõnu Kaljuste has said about the Latvian Radio Choir: “I believe this is one of the best choirs of the world.”

In 2014, the album of Estonian composer Arvo Part's opus Adam's Lament released by ECM featuring also the Latvian Radio Choir received the prestigious Grammy for the ''Best Choral Performance''. The recording of Sergey Rachmaninoff’s Vespers was highly praised and the music magazine Gramophone selected it as the best recording in February 2013. The choir has received the Latvian Great Music Award eight times for its creative activities over the years.

Since 1992, the choir has two conductors – artistic manager and principal conductor Sigvards Kļava, and conductor Kapars Putniņš. The concert programme on 11 March will be conducted by Sigvards Kļava – one of the outstanding conductors of Latvia, conducting teacher, producer and conductor, principal conductor and artistic concept developer of the Nationwide Song Festival.

The audience will have a chance to enjoy the choir’s concert programme “Fascinating Voices”,consisting of two completely different parts. Sigvards Kļava says: “The first part presents the current sound and artistic qualities of the choir. Through the music of Nordic composers we will attempt to show the essence and identity of the choral music culture of the region. The second part willjuxtapose Brahms’ excellent ensemble opuses where voice and piano formincomparably beautiful ensemble, revealing true masterpieces of love poetry.”