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The Orchestra with Vestards Šimkus in Rundāle Palace

On 6 April at 5 p.m in Rundāle palace Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Guntis Kuzma (the winner of the Great Music Award), and pianist Vestards Šimkus will perform Beethoven’s Third Piano concerto. The concert programme wil feature also the music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ēriks Ešenvalds.

Though Guntis Kuzma and Vestards Šimkus have known each as classmates, this will be the first time that they perform together. “I am delighted that it is Beethoven’s music, I think it suits Vestards very well, besides, we will be playing one of the most beautiful piano concertos ‒ Beethoven’s Third,” says Guntis Kuzma.

Ludwig van Beethoven started his Third Piano concerto in 1800, the time when he was becoming aware of the greatest tragedy of his life ‒ losing his hearing. It seems that the whole dark drama of Beethoven’s life is in the background of the Third Piano concerto. The stormy and turbulent passages of the concerto give way to tender and lyrical ones. While Beethoven seems to be travelling the gamut of emotion from tragedy to comedy, underlying the entire work is a determination to show that the piano is as every bit as good, as powerful and as expressive as the entire orchestra around it. In the end of the 18th century, piano makers experimented with the piano’s range by extending it. The composer was first reluctant to use the extra notes outside the usual range, however as a pianist he could not resist the new possibilities. Thus, his Third Piano concerto is the first where the pianist has to use a high G- and later also C, which was outrageous at the time.

“This concerto has been in my repertoire for many years, I have played it a lot, also during the big tour in Spain a few years ago,” says Vestards Šimkus while admitting that in the last years the proportion of classical gold music is decreasing in his repertoire. The pianist is playing more his own music and contemporary compositions as well as less known classical music and is especially enthusiastic about interdisciplinary projects.

The concert programme will feature also contemporary music ‒ Nocturne for Symphonic Orchestra by Ēriks Ešenvals written in 2007, inspired by the pictures of Belgian surrealist of the 1st half of the 20th century René Magritte and the texts by American poet Sara Teasdale. It is mysterious and intriguing music, in which the composer promised meeting with impressions inspired by nightly nature.
In the second part of the concert the audience will hear Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Haffner Symphony (No. 35) dedicated to Sigmund Haffner, Mayor of Saltzburg, written in two weeks as a six-movement serenade-symphony, then reworked half a year later and presented by the composer as a new composition premiered in 1783.

Tickets to LSO concerts can be purchased in all Box-Offices of “Biļešu paradise” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.

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The Orchestra with Vestards Šimkus in Rundāle Palace