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

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Liepāja

On August 1 at 18.00, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will celebrate a long-awaited reunion with its listeners at the Concert Hall “Great Amber”, performing Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony under the baton of Gintaras Rinkevičius together with the outstanding violinist Līga Baltābola.

Antonio Vivaldi’s series of violin concerts “Four Seasons” is one of the world’s most popular masterpieces of academic music. It seems unbelievable that during the composer’s lifetime it was not properly recognized in Italy since contemporaries found this idea of Vivaldi to be almost tasteless - to portray thunderstorms, dogs barking, teeth chattering, gunshots, intoxicated hunters or strong gusts of north wind with such musical accuracy. Vivaldi would be truly surprised to learn that this musical experiment in the 20th and 21st century will become his most famous work that every violinist wants to play, and, even though the number of interpretations could be counted in thousands, listeners want to hear it again and again.

The solo in the Vivaldi's concert will be performed by the outstanding violinist Līga Baltābola, the concertmaster of the first violin section of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, whose performance is characterized by special subtlety and grace. Līga has been contributing to the sound of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra for years. She has had several solo performances in collaboration with conductor Normunds Šnē and Lutz Köhler, has performed Mechislav Karlovich’s Violin Concerto, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, as well as Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, and in collaboration with Russian conductor Alexander Polishchuk has performed the solo in Camille Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto. Since 2010, she has been actively leading the concert performances of the Liepāja String Quartet, obtaining the highest rating in the first Arvīds Norītis Baltic States String Quartet Festival-Competition in 2013. Her outstanding solo interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s genius music for violin could be enjoyed at festivals in Rundāle and Saldus. Līga Baltābola has been playing violin since she was three years old. “I’ve also had a period of life when I dedicated more time to raising my children, then I truly felt how much I miss playing violin and that only through this instrument I can live my life to the fullest - breathe, feel and express my soul,” Līga Baltābola assesses the importance of violin in her life. Furthermore, this musician is not only an outstanding violinist, but for many years now has also served as the congregation’s organist - previously in Saldus St. John’s Church, but now in Liepāja St. Anne’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The second part of the concert will feature the autobiographical masterpiece of Peter Tchaikovsky, one of the most outstanding composers of all time, - the Fourth Symphony (or the Fate Symphony), where tragedy and melancholy turns into a life-affirming victory. The composer once wrote: “I am completely taken over by this work: never yet has any of my orchestral works cost me so much labour, but I’ve never yet felt such love for any of my things. Perhaps I’m mistaken, but it seems to me that this symphony is better than anything I’ve done so far.” Strange as it may seem today, this masterpiece, which is now in the repertoire of almost every symphony orchestra, also did not receive critical acclaim initially.

A unique interpreter of Tchaikovsky’s music will take over the conductor’s stand tonight - one of the most outstanding, internationally acclaimed Lithuanian conductors Gintaras Rinkevičius, who has been the chief conductor of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra since 2017. Maestro is the founder and artistic director of the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. He has gained rich experience in various opera houses in Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Scotland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Russia. He has collaborated with such ensembles as the Berliner Symphoniker, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the symphony orchestras of Frankfurt, Tampere and Tivoli, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted performances in many prestigious European concert halls. Rinkevičius has won awards in several countries, including Latvia - the Order of the Three Stars, 4th Class, and the Grand Music Award repeatedly.

This summer, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will perform live also at the Sacred Music Festival in Rīga Dome Cathedral on August 20, and some of the orchestra’s musicians will be heard at the festival “Liepāja Summer in Rundāle Palace” on August 8.

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

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Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in Liepāja