The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
From 26 to 29 March in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and saxophonist Arvīds Kazlausks conducted by Māris Kupčs were working on new recordings of Fridrich Bruk’s music commissioned by Toccata Classics.
It was already in 2018 that under the auspices of the British music group Liepāja Symphony Orchestra with soloists Gertruda Jerjomenko (piano) and Anda Egliņa (kokle) conducted by Māris Kupčs recorded Bruk’s Symphony No. 17 “Joy of Life” and Symphony No. 18 “Daugavpils”, which were well received by the critics. Among the favourable reviews especially has to be noted the review by the renown and critical British music analyst Norman Lebrecht. “This valuable recording, performed with amazing skill by Liepaja Symphony Orchestra conducted by Māris Kupčs, demands world-wide attention.”
This time it will be Bruk’s Symphony No. 19 “Tunes from Ghettoes” for orchestra and baritone saxophone and Symphony No. 21 “Presentiment”, which, like the previous symphonies, will be recorded for the first time. Māris Kupčs tells about the music to be recorded: “The title of Symphony No. 19 is “Tunes from Ghettoes”, which closely relates to the theme characteristic for Bruk’s works. The composer is convinced that nowadays when antisemitism is spreading in Europe, one cannot keep silent, the history must not repeat. The harsh reality in the symphony is juxtaposed with fair songs. Meanwhile, the composer’s Symphony No. 21 is very personal, and also characteristic to him. Its title is “Premonitions” and it is about what is going to happen, about the collision with the system, about how it can irreversibly influence people. By the way, Fridrich Bruk was once one of the forbidden composers.”
The 80 year-old composer of Jewish origin Fridrich Bruk is an outstanding personality whose significant and very peculiar symphonic works, especially in the last years, have attracted the attention of world renown music critics and audiences. His roots can be found in Daugavpils, Latvia, from where in 1915 by the decree of Tsarist Russia the family of Bruk’s father together with other Jewish families were deported. Though born in Ukraine and a Finnish resident for 40 years, the composer still feels that his ancestors’ roots are in Latvia, and he expresses his longing and admiration for our country, which can be heard in his Symphony No. 18 devoted to Daugavpils.