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Vasks’ Concerto recording with WERGO

In May in Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Atvars Lakstīgala will be recording Pēteris Vasks’ Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. The CD will be released by WERGO in autumn.

Pēteris Vasks’ Concerto for Flute and Orchestra composed in 2008 was premiered in 2009 by the Cologne Radio Orchestra in Cologne Philharmonic Hall. The flute solo was performed by the principal flutist of the orchestra Michael Faust towhom the composer dedicated the concert. Characteristically to Pēteris Vasks’ music, the main themes of the concerto are ethnic elements and nature. The songlike 1st and 3rd movements framethe 2nd movement, which is a dynamic and virtuosic burlesque. In 2010 the famous German flutist and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Normunds Vaicis performed the Flute Concerto in Riga.

As flutist Dita Krenberga confirms when telling about the recording: “The Flute Concerto isthe most complicated of Pēteris Vasks’ opusesfor flute. The musical material is deep and saturated. It demands enormous spiritual and physical devotion from the musician. The recording with Liepāja Symphony Orchestra is a big challenge and responsibility for me. I am very much looking forward to meeting the musicians and conductor Atvars Lakstīgala.”
“I put the maximum of love in each piece of music that I write – it is the most important message of mine. The Flute Concerto is a story about people, about love. It can be heard in the first and last movements of the concerto, whereas in the second part which I have named Quasi una burlesca and which opens broad technical possibilities for the flute, comprises sufficient irony, sarcasm and tragic comedy. This rather dark music will be followed by the main message in Cantabile song - praise to the beautyof God’s world and hail to Love”, Pēteris Vasks has said about his Flute Concerto.

The CD recorded by WERGO is due to be released in autumn and will also include Pēteris Vasks’ Symphony No.3 written in 2005 and recorded in Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra in February 2016.The symphony was commissioned by Tampere Symphony Orchestra and premiered on the same year in Tampere. Latvian premiere of the Symphony took place in 2006 when it was performed by Riga Festival Orchestra, conducted by Normunds Šnē.

The CD presentation in Latvia is due on 21 October when the concert in celebration of Pēteris Vasks’ anniversary takes place in Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” with participation of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra.

It will be the second CD of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra recorded in collaboration with WERGO. The first one was “Pēteris Vasks: Sala / Musica appassionata / Credo” released in 2015 which is being soldsuccessfullynot only in Latvia but also in Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland,as well asin Japan and the USA.