The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 2 August at 7 p.m. in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER”, Liepāja Summer Festival presents an exquisite music night featuring rarely played chamber music masterpieces performed by musicians residing in Germany – Latvian soprano Margarita Vilsone and Brasilian pianist Marcelo Amaral.
Margarita Vilsone, the owner of a lovely soprano voice who has been a soloist of Latvian National Opera Theatre and is currently a soloist of Opera Studio of the Staatstheater Nürnberg, will perform exquisite and rarely played pieces of chamber music in a two-part recital. Masterpieces of Austrian, American, British and Russian vocal music will reveal sensitive and refined world of poetry in the performance by the soloist accompanied by Brasilian pianist Marcelo Amaral, hailed by The New York Times as "a superlative accompanist".
Margarita Vilsone and Marcelo Amaral started their collaboration already when Margarita Vilsone was still a student at Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg where Marcelo is a Professor in German Lied Interpretation. “It was then that we understood that we can have excellent collaboration in music, that together we have a special musical spark,” tells the soloist. We had played together a number of times, as for example at the Voices festival in Germany. Margarita tells: “I am very interested in chamber music repertoire. I started singing the chamber music by quite unconventional composers. Marcelo and I discovered such rarely heard composers as Joseph Marx, Charles Griffiths, Erich Korngold and others. We have performed Alban Berg’s music and it is still in my repertoire. I have sung his Seven Early Songs quite a lot and have understood that it is my chamber music repertoire. In this repertoire I feel best, I feel safe, I have things to say emotionally, in terms of colour and voice; it is where we are good playing together.”
In this Liepāja Summer Festival concert, the musicians will perform music of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century written by such composers as Alban Berg, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Joseph Marx, Benjamin Britten, Sergey Prokofiev and Sergey Rachmaninoff. “These composers lived in the same time in different countries and the music created by them is so different. Music of this period and its language is close to my and Marcelo’s heart and we wish to demonstrate how beautiful it can be in its difference,” says Margarita Vilsone.
Music Festival "Liepāja Summer", annualy organised by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, is the spiritual heir and continuation of the legendary summer symphony music cycle LIEPĀJA SUMMER, in 1783 iniciated by Peter von Biron, the Duke of Kurland. Many decades residents of Liepāja city and their families have been able to enjoy the symphony music concerts on the open air stage in the seaside park. In the last few years the festival was participated by such artists as Giora Feidman, Gidon Kremer and „Kremerata Baltica”, Avi Avital, Tokiko Kato, Maija Kovaļevska and others.