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The Stars Festival features Spīķeru String Quartet

On 8 March at 7 pm in the Chamber Music Hall of Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” the 24th International Liepāja Stars Festival will present “Spīķeru String Quartet” - Latvian team of musicians that recently recorded an album of the world-renowned Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks’ music, released by the German recording company WERGO.

“Spīķeru String Quartet” is a team of musicians who play together in an unusually friendly and creative manner since 2011. The quartet unites the principal violin of “Sinfonietta Rīga” orchestra Marta Spārniņa, the assistant principal violin Antti Kortelainen, viola section member Ineta Abakuka (who will be substituted by Santa Vižine) and the principal cello of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra Ēriks Kiršfelds.

The quartet’s name is derived from the place where it is based – Spīķeri Concert Hall. The repertoire of the quartet is diverse,spanning from Vienna classics to contemporary scores.A special place in the repertoire of the quartet is reserved for the promotion of string quartets of Latvian composers. The quartet gladly welcomes other musicians for joint performances as well as for non-musical activities.

For the 24th Liepāja International Stars Festival the excellent string quartet has prepared a programme which includes “The Second String Quartet” composed in 1941 by the Latvian composer in exile Helmers Pavasars. The leader of the string quartet, one of the best Latvian cellists Ēriks Kiršfelds, tells: “We had an idea that we should discover unperformed Latvian quartets. Out of 140 scores we chose this particular one. “The Second String Quartet” by Pavasars is rather avant-garde for its timeand uncharacteristically youthful and cheerful for Latvian music. I would say it has something of rock music in it.”In the second part of the concert the audience will hear the famous Franz Shubert’s string quartet “Death and the Maiden”. “It will not be sad – Schubert is serious but not tragic. Death does not always mean something bad. Schubert is somewhat ambiguous.Actually death is something we all will encounter, with or without the promised rest,” says Ēriks.

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