The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.

Recording of “The Glittering Wind” released

On 8 March at 5 p.m. in the 2nd floor gallery of Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER”, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will present its recent recording – album “The Glittering Wind” by five Latvian female composers released by the record company “Skani”.

“We will open the 28th Liepāja International Stars Festival with a premiere of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ recent composition, and to maintain this wonderful premiere atmosphere we would like to present the recent release, comprising only premieres,“ says the director of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra Uldis Lipskis. “It is a truly unique collection of wonderful music by Santa Ratniece, Selga Mence, Gundega Šmite, Marina Gribinčika, and Maija Einfelde.”

Each of the five Latvian composers, Santa Ratniece, Selga Mence, Gundega Šmite, Marina Gribinčika and Maija Einfelde, reflect Latvia of their own in their symphonic miniatures. These compositions were performed in the “Mātei Latvijai” (For Mother Latvia) concert at the Great Amber Concert Hall in Liepāja on November 17, 2018, the evening before Latvia’s centenary celebration. According to Uldis Lipskis, the
author of the programme idea: “The concert was conceived as a gift of love and tribute to Mother Latvia. On her grand anniversary we wished to give our country new sounds – not so much to dwell in nostalgic remembrance but to take a sure step into the next century. Not to reflect on the existing, proven body of values but to look towards the cultural values of the future. By associating Latvia with the figure of
a mother, it became apparent that precisely women – who are themselves mothers, daughters, sisters – could most intuitively and most genuinely express our attachment to our land and sing the praises of its beauty." 

This album also includes the Liepāja Concerto No. 7 for piano and orchestra by Santa Ratniece – the only opus to date written by a woman for the extensive Liepāja Concerto Cycle, which the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra initiated and has over the course of several years performed and recorded with the goal of encouraging Latvian composers to create new, inspiring masterpieces of symphonic music for future generations. The invitation of Ratniece to compose a concerto for Liepāja was suggested by pianist Vestards Šimkus, who also premiered the work in 2014 at the Liepāja International Stars Festival.

The five concerts from 7‒14 March of the 28th Liepāja International Stars Festival organised by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will feature exceptional musicians from Brazil, Chile, Portugal, France, Czechia, Lithuania and Latvia, and will take place in Liepāja Concert Hall “Great Amber”.

Tickets to the Festival concerts (from 10 EUR) can be purchased in all Box-Offices of “Biļešu paradise” and at The 28th Liepāja International Stars Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the State Culture Capital Foundation and the city of Liepāja.