The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
The 28th Liepāja International Stars Festival, annually held in March, will have an exclusive opening concert on 21 December at 6 p.m. in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” featuring Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under conductor Gintaras Rinkevicius and Gidons Krēmers, one of the world’s leading violinists, joined on stage by cellist Giedre Dirvanauskaite and pianist Georgijs Osokins.
The beautiful and sublime Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, which will be performed by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra with the legendary violinist Gidons Krēmers, the youngest member of the Osokins’ dynasty – the incredibly talented pianist Georgijs Osokins, and the lead cellist of Kremerata Baltica orchestra Giedre Dirvanauskaite, is a large scale opus of divertimento significance, written in the best traditions of sinfonia concertante. What is sinfonia concertante? It was a genre of music popular in the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, where orchestra most often performs together with three or four, sometimes even seven or nine solo instruments. On the one hand, it is a symphony with significant solo parts; on the other hand, it is more a concerto than a symphony – with a particularly fair, vital nature and entertaining, playful function. Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is original in that it is the first in its genre to be written for this exact combination of soloists – violin, cello and piano.
To complete the concert programme, maestro Gintaras Rinkevicius has selected one of most outstanding symphonic pieces of all times ‒ Symphony No. 4 by Johannes Brahms, the genius of the German Romantic era.
“In 2012, we played Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with wonderful soloists Sergey Dogadin, Kristīne Blaumane and Gil Shohat. It was difficult to imagine that after seven years we will have the honour to play it in a new concert hall with the great masters of the highest-rank – Gidons Krēmērs, Georgijs Osokins and Giedre Dirvanauskaite. The fact that the concerto will be played under our principal conductor Gintaras Rinkevicius promises unique qualities of interpretation. Sublime music will be performed by great musicians!” says Liepāja Symphony Orchestra manager Uldis Lipskis.
Tickets to the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concerts can be purchased in all Box-Offices of “Biļešu paradise” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.