The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 21 October in the Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” Liepāja Symphony Orchestra gave the concert in celebration of the anniversary of the world renowned Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks and presented the new recording of Vasks’ music conducted by Atvars Laksīgala, made last spring in collaboration with the record label WERGO.
The new CD includes Pēteris Vasks’ Symphony No. 3 and Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with Dita Krenberga as the solo flute. It was before the flutist began to work on the recording that she confessed: “Pēteris Vasks’ Concerto for Flute is the composer’s most complicated opus for this instrument. The music is so deep and saturated. For a musician it is spiritually and physically demanding. The recording with Liepāja Symphony Orchestra is a great challenge and responsibility for me.” Music lovers will be able to hear this concerto live next spring during the 25th Liepāja Stars Festival.
The second piece in the album is Symphony No. 3 commissioned by Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and premiered in 2005 in Tampere. The Latvian premiere took place in 2006 and was performed by Riga Festival Orchestra under the baton of Normunds Šnē. This is the longest (40 min.) and most thoughtful of the composer’s works. Vasks' intention was to reflect the magnificence of the world created by God and to tell about the fate of his people and humanity. As the composer himself has explained, the symphony is about “love and believing in basic values, about the never ending confrontation between light and darkness. Or to be more precise – it is what I was thinking when I was writing the symphony. Actually every listener is going to have his own musical journey.”
It was before the presentation that the composer said to the Latvian Radio journalist Inga Ozola:"I could but only compose what I have composed. There is nothing inexplicable in it, no puzzle. It is straightforward emotional musical message that I wish to let my people and others know.”
This is the second album recorded by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the prestigious label WERGO. The first one was “Pēteris Vasks. Sala/ Musica Appassionata/Credo” released in 2015 and successful in Latvia as well as in Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungry, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the USA.
“It has to be mentioned that last summer another Liepāja Symphony Orchestra CD recording was released by “Odradek Records”, featuring the outstanding Italian pianist Pina Napolitano playing the 20th century music – Arnold Schönberg, Béla Bartók and Ernst Krenek,” says the manager of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra Uldis Lipskis and remarks: "We will introduce the wonderful Italian pianist to our audience in the International Liepāja Stars Festival.”