The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 15 April at 7 pm in Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” and on 16 April at 5 pm in Rundāle Palace Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by principal conductor of Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and will perform with Kristīne Blaumane – principal cello of London Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert programme will feature Richard Strauss’ music.
After a longer interval Liepāja Symphony Orchestra is collaborating with the artistic director and principal conductor of Latvian National Symphony Orchestra AndrisPoga, who previously was the manager of professional wind orchestra “Rīga”, assistant to the principal conductor of Orchestre de Paris Paavo Järvi, as well as assistant conductor in Boston Symphony Orchestra. In March he made a successful debut with one of the world’s top five orchestras –Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
The concert audience will have a chance to enjoy music by Richard Strauss, the outstanding German composer of late 19th and early 20th century in interpretation of Andris Poga and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. The concert will begin with Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings,completed in 1945. It is one of the composer’sfinal works – permeated withpersonal pain and emotionally charged.Richard Strauss was shaken by the fate of the destroyed state and culture of Germany. He wrote this composition during the war in memory of Germany’s cultural ruin. The quote to the funeral march of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony is very symbolic; there isan opinion that Strauss wrote this work as a funeral march for Hitler – a person whom he initially believed in, like Beethoven believed in Napoleon.
Later in the concert Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will be joined by one of the outstanding cellists of Latvia with an excellent international career – soloist of London Philharmonic Orchestra Kristīne Blaumane - to perform symphonic poem Don Quixote, composed by Strauss in 1897, based on the famous novel by Miguel de Cervantes. It is a vivid example of illustrative programmism which the author subtitled “FantasticVariations on a Theme of Knightly Character”. Special role in this piece is given to solo cello part; the cello part personifies Don Quixote and is especially rich and virtuosic.
“It is always very inspiring to interpret Rihard Strauss’ music – almost all of his works are masterpieces. They are like diverse symphonic tales that incite imagination and fantasy. The pieces of music included in the concert programme are very different – asif created by two different composers. One is Strauss from the late 19th century with the brilliant symphonic poem Don Quixot which in its essence is variations for cello with orchestra, depicting episodes and characters of Cervantes’ novel known to everyone since school years. The second piece Metamorphoses – Strauss at the end of his life – less openly illustrative, much deeper, philosophical and tragic music, you could say - a requiem to the values of Western culture destroyed by the war”, conductor Andris Poga describes the concert programme.
The concert is organised in collaboration with Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER”.
Tickets to concert can be purchased in all Box Offices of “Biļešu paradīze” and online at www.bilesuparadize.lv. Tickets for seniors have 70% discount.