The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra opens its 139th season

On 21 September at 6 p.m. in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (LSO) under its principal conductor Gintaras Rinkevicius will open the new concerts season with a truly grandiose event. The concert programme will feature the magnificent Symphony No. 2 by Gustav Mahler – there will be 130 orchestra musicians (on the stage and off stage to achieve the sound from a distance!), as well as choir, organ, and two female voice solos.

“We opened our previous season with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.1 “The Titan”, and will begin the new season with Mahler’s Symphony No 2 “Resurrection”. To perform it, we had to invite musicians from Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra,” tells LSO manager Uldis Lipskis. “This will be a logical continuation to our concert seasons under the leadership of maestro Gintaras Rinkevicius.”
Besides LSO and Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, there will also perform Kaunas State Choir. Vocal solos will be performed by Claudia Huckle – English contralto residing in Germany, a singer with an international career, and by our diva – soprano Maija Kovaļevska.

Austrian composer (also conductor and opera director) Gustav Mahler’s music is witty and rich in humour as well as full of controversy and associations – elements of grotesque, heroism and humility. The source of it all is his childhood; he grew up in a town of the Austrian empire where he heard street music, circus artists, folk songs, tunes of wedding music, and marches of the local military band and where one could feel Viennese spirit.

It has to be noted that it was the “musical governor” of Vienna who set the standards of the contemporary etiquette of concert attendance expecting a respectful attitude towards musicians. The 19th century opera houses were noisy and chaotic, Mahler hated noise and disorder and sent away support groups of soloists, did not allow long applause after separate solos, and casted frosty glances at talkative listeners; whereas those who arrived late, had to wait in the lobby. They say that Emperor Franz Joseph, an impersonation of old Viennese spirit, once said: “Is music really such an important thing? I thought it is meant to amuse us!” Mahler was of a different opinion, he intended to out-do everything that was prior – to achieve in symphony genre as much as Wagner in opera.

The historical background of Mahler’s symphonies is wide – from renaissance masses to country soldiers’ marching songs; it is a diversity of epic voices and styles. He developed huge structures that reach out to heaven and suddenly collapse. In his Symphony No.2, according to composer’s own words, he buries the optimistic young man of Symphony No.1, which is why the symphony begins in a mood of a funeral march. The symphony has five movements. In the third movement, the composer uses an allegoric satire about people whose life is an aimless fuss and turmoil not being able to understand the call of his holiness. In the fourth movement, it is a mezzo-soprano solo, but in the final code the choir is singing about the Paradise, resurrection and testimony of immortality of the soul. This opus illustrates the scale of impressiveness of the orchestra’s 139th season!

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