The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 9 March at 7 pm in the Chamber Hall of the Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” the 24th Liepāja International Stars Festival will feature a concert of “Carion Quintet”, currently one of the world’s most sought after woodwind quintets.
Internationally acclaimed “Carion Quintet” is a collective of Danish and Latvian musicians:Maria Staino - flute, EgilsUpatnieks – oboe, David M.A.P. Palmquist – horn, Niels Anders Vedsten Larsen - bassoon and EgilsŠēfers – clarinet. “Carionis very, very good…”, “These young playersare just the best there is…”, “Carion’slatest recordings are discographic sensation. Their presentation is so vibrantyou will beswept away by their enthusiasm and expression. Highly recommended!”, “Windmusic can be surprisingly beautiful and diverse!” – theseare only a few international mediaquotes addressed to the quintet. Carion has injected a new meaning and life into the classical woodwind quintet genre through its style of playing and performance. Musicians perform from memory, like true actors they are fully devoted to communicating the message of the sound, where each facial expression, smile and gesture has a meaning.
“It is something unique! The way they do it and the way they perform… It is truly exceptional! Especially taking into consideration that they live in different countries, meet for a couple of days and then go on concert tours. One can only admire and value their devotion and individual work in order to give the performance of such high quality in concerts,”says the Artistic Director of the festival Atvars Lakstīgala.
The quintet has won prizes at prestigious chamber music competitions. The ensemble’s CDs and videos receive high critical acclaim. In 2015 it won the title of The Best Classical Album on iTunes.
EgilsŠēfers describes the concert programme on 9 March very concisely: “It is a very effective programme – jaunty, energetic, light and virtuosic”. The concert programme “SchauSPIEL”, which keeps impressing reviewers and audiences wherever it is performed,will feature GyörgyLigeti’ssupple Bagatelles, Dmitri Shostakovich’s enticing SchauSPIELSuite, Franz Liszt’s GrandesÉtudes de Paganini, Jacques Ibert’scharming Trois piècesbrèvesand anarrangement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s octet.