The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 23 August at 7 p.m. in Liepāja Concert Hall GREAT AMBER Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will close its annual LIEPĀJA SUMMER festival under conductor Māris Sirmais and with choir “Latvija” by performing wonderful music by Imants Kalniņš and the evergreen opus of many choirs – Requiem by Maurice Duruflé.
The audience will hear Imants Kalniņš’ Symphony No. 6. “Balle pilī” (Ball in the Palace), the third movement of the Symphony is especially popular. It was in Liepāja 15 years ago that this music was written and it is for a second time that Imants Kalniņš uses lyrics in his symphony. It was a soprano solo in the original version of Symphony No. 9, whereas in the Sixth Symphony the text was entrusted to the choir. It is a prayer Kyrie eleison and Rabindranath Tagore’s love verses. Musicologist Ingrīda Zemzare has called this symphony a prayer of a happy person, the composer himself calls it – his Taj Mahal; he has dedicated it to his spouse and muse Agra. Taj Mahal is a beautiful mausoleum of white marble in Agra city in India, which was built in the 17th century in ideal harmonious proportions and with intricate decorations to immortalise emperor’s wife. It is exceptionally beautiful at sunrise and sunset, as well as at nights of the full Moon.
The second part of the grand concert will feature Maurice Duruflé’s famous creation – meditative and harmonious Requiem. According to Sandra Nezvecka this piece is favoured by many choirs because there is nothing tragic in it: inspired by Mozart, the composer addresses the audience in a simple, humane and even in cathartic way - softly, yet significantly. The part of mezzo-soprano will be sung by a soloist of Latvian National Opera, Liepāja born Laura Teivāne who was nominated for the Great Music Award 2016 in the category “The Young Artist of the Year”. Organ solo will be played by Liene Andreta Kalnciema.
“Maurice Duruflé and Imants Kalniņš. What do they have in common apart from the choir and symphony orchestra to perform them? Most likely it is longing for the beautiful and craving for harmony. Duruflé with the theme of mass of Gregorian chants, Kalniņš with verses by Rabindranath Tagore and psalms actually are telling the same story. A story about the eternal, beautiful and genuine,” Uldis Lipskis, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra director, explains the concept of the concert programme.
The concert programme was developed in collaboration with the International Sacred Music Festival and will be performed also on 24 August at 7 p.m. in Riga Dome Cathedral.
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.