Хор Латвийского радио является одним из лучших камерных хоров Европы, высокая музыкальная культура которого, интеллигентность и уникальное богатство потенциала звука от прозрачности хрустальных капель, от могущества оркестровых красок до преодоления границ возможностей человеческого голоса, превратила хор в особый фирменный знак звука на карте хоровой музыки мира. С 1992 года в Хоре Латвийского радио работают два дирижера - его художественный руководитель, главный дирижер Сигвардс Клява и дирижер Каспарс Путныньш.
Музыкальный репертуар хора широк - начиная от музыки эпохи Возрождения до самых сложных партитур современных композиторов, хор порождает новое понимание потенциала человеческого голоса и хорового организма, где каждая голосовая клетка имеет свою собственную подпись и свою конкретную задачу. Способность певцов ориентироваться в музыке разных эпох, жанров и стилей сделали Хор Латвийского радио универсальным эластичным коллективом, который может выступать как в вокально-инструментальных представлениях и оперных постановках, так и в мультимедийных проектах, в интимных музыкальных разговорах a capella, а также в театральных спектаклях, где певцы хора раскрываются как яркие солисты и артисты сцены.
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С момента создания камерного оркестра Sinfonietta Rīga в 2006 году его художественным руководителем и главным дирижером является Нормундс Шне - музыкант, который в течение последних двадцати лет практически был вовлечен в создание звуковой культуры Латвии и который до сих пор является пылким генератором новых музыкальных идей и идеологом культурного пространства.
Участники руководимого Шне камерного оркестра - молодые и открытые творческим идеям музыканты, которые исследуют традиции исполнения барочной музыки, изучают тонкости интерпретации музыки эпохи классицизма, являются блестящими, непревзойденными исполнителями современной музыки, а также не избегают участия в неакадемических экспериментах и в проектах crossover. В качестве одной из своих задач камерный оркестр выдвинул задачу развития в Латвии жанра камерной симфонии.
В концертных программах Sinfonietta Riga регулярно участвуют блестящие, признанные на международном уровне приглашенные музыканты. Музыкальное качество оркестра был оценено в 2014 году престижной премией Grammy за участие в записи альбома эстонского композитора Арво Пярта Adam`s Lament, оркестр также три раза стал обладателем Большого музыкального приза Латвии.
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The Latvian Radio Big Band has been renewed after a 16 year break. Since 2012, the big band has performed together with world-class artists, including Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini, American jazz performer Kurt Elling, drummer Jojo Mayer, "New York Voices", 6 Grammy Award winner, American trumpeter Randy Brecker and Australian multi-instrumentalist James Morrison.

In 1966, the Latvian Radio Big Band was founded under the name Latvian USR TV and Radio Variety Orchestra. In 1992, the band was renamed the Radio Easy and Jazz Music Orchestra. The first leader and conductor of the big band was composer Ringolds Ore and from 1968 to 1991 violinist and arranger Alnis Zais. Music professionals, such as Maestro Raimonds Pauls and Gunars Rozenbergs have lead the Latvian Radio Big Band.

"The Latvian Radio Big Band is great! This big band has a long-lasting and bright future ahead of them," - Kurt Elling

"The Latvian Radio Big Band is Latvia's treasure." - Peter Eldridge, "New York Voices"

When?
  • 22/09, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 25 €

In Sinfonietta Rīga we enjoy new discoveries just as much as we savour traditions, avidly looking for commonalities and pondering about musical lineages. This is evident in our season opening concert programme. Along with the classic Joseph Haydn's Symphony in D major – the delightfully romantic and sparkling Violin Concerto by Felix Mendelssohn – who once re-discovered the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. This performance of Baroque grand master's Double Violin Concerto has allowed to fulfil a long-cherished wish of the brilliant violinist Vadim Gluzman – to share the stage with a current student of his former teacher, professor Romāns Šnē. Similar relationships link composers Andris Dzenītis and Pēteris Plakidis, who celebrates his 70th birthday this year – Dzenīts' explosively energetic opus Euphoria is a dedication to his teacher Plakidis.

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When?
  • 05/10, 19:00
Where?
Jūrmala, Dzintari Concert Hall
Price
7 - 25 €

String quartets are the most iconic opuses in terms of chamber music, but few string quartets manage to distinguish themselves among the many, many string quartets that exist in the world.  For more than 20 years, the Belcea Quartet has sparkled as one of the most outstanding ensembles in the world.  Its main trump card is the ability to discover the traditional and rich genre of quartets as a living and developing organism.  Based on London, the quartet commissions new opuses and learns classical compositions as if they were acquaintances of composers from the past.  The musicians directly take a deep look at the deepest essence of the music that they are performing.  These discoveries are assisted by the characteristics of the musicians, and the balance among them ensures a vivid and unrepeatable sound.  The driving force behind the Belcea Quartet is its founder, the temperamental Romanian violinist Corina Belcea, who ensures the flourishing of the philosophically spiritual Polish violist Krzysztof Chorzelski, the touchingly serious French violinist Axel Schacher, and his compatriot, the humour-filled cellist Antoine Lederlin.  Equally colourful and diverse is the repertoire, with one of the very first string quartets by the Czech romanticist Dvořák, as inspired by the “father of the quartet,” Haydn, as well as an early masterpiece produced by Ligeti on the basis of folk music from Hungary.

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When?
  • 07/10, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 25 €

Tango, the bohemian-flavoured fruit of city nights... Sleepless wandering through narrow streets, in and out of cafés and bars is just as fitting to the image of Buenos Aires as that of Paris. Maybe that is why the paths of so many Argentinians connect these two metropolises. One of them is Marcelo Nisinman, student and close family friend of the tango king Astor Piazzolla. In his own creative career Nisinman follows the path laid down by his grand master friend and teacher. A transformative experience which gave power to Piazzolla's reformative ideas was the time spent in Paris, studying under the legendary Nadia Boulanger, who had a great role also in the life of Igor Stravinsky. The latter – and jazz! – was, in turn, admired by Piazzolla and Les Six, including, of course, Darius Milhaud. 

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When?
  • 11/10, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 20 €

Baiba Skride’s performances are naturally musical, with a fresh view, excitement and artless freedom.  In parallel to a brilliant solo career that involves vast delight among audiences and critics and a partnership with outstanding conductors and globally renowned orchestras, the Latvian violinist is also deeply involved in chamber music.  She is visiting Latvia with a new concert programme featuring the masterpieces of piano quartets.  Along with an opus by the Austrian symphonist Mahler, there will also be the very first composition in this genre – a piano quartet by the Vienna classicist Mozart, as supplemented by a lyrical and fiery opus by Brahms.  The premiere of the German romanticist’s masterpiece featured Clara Schumann at the piano, who was one of the most brilliant musicians of the 19th century.  For this concert, the pianist will be Baiba’s sister and long-term partner in music, Lauma Skride.  They will be joined by the French violist Lise Berhaud and the Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh, both of whom are two young and promising musicians on the verge of global fame.

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When?
  • 14/10, 19:00
Where?
Jūrmala, Dzintari concert hall
Price
7 - 12 €

Vineta Sareika holds first chair in the world-famous Artemis Quartet, and she is equally brilliant as a soloist and as a participant in ensembles.  She has appeared in Vienna, New York, Paris, Brussels, London, Berlin and elsewhere, and between concerts on the world’s most important concert stages, she regularly returns home.  This time she will be appearing with Amandine Savary, one of the most brilliant young pianists from France.  Amandine, together with the cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca, used to be part of Vineta’s Trio Dali.  In this programme, the artists will shed light on the music of the famous Norwegian lyricist Edvard Grieg, whose life was stormy, indeed.  The composer himself has said that the three sonatas that will be heard tonight clearly illustrate three creative period in his life, from youthful delight and warm simplicity to light passions and mature beliefs.  Grieg’s style is inimitable, always presenting the wild beauty of Norway and echoes from Norwegian folklore.

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When?
  • 18/10, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Small Guild Hall
Price
10 €

It is commonly said that Johannes Brahms sensed things with his head, but thought about them with his heart.  Something similar can be said about Pēteris Plakidis, because the classical and self-disciplined German romanticist is, to a certain extent, a spiritual relative of the Latvian composer, an absolute contrast, but certainly a source of inspiration.  To celebrate Plakidis’ 70th birthday, brilliant musicians will gather on stage to perform his beloved Brahms, his own legendary “Dedication to Brahms,” and a series of jewels of vocal chamber music that Plakidis has composed.  Four Latvian composers of various generations will send musical greeting cards to Plakidis – four Latvian chamber musicians and four Latvian composers, each with his or her own story about the composer.  For some of them, he has been known as an outstanding chamber musician and performance partner, while for others he is known as an erudite pedagogue who has eventually turned from a colleague into a friend.  Everyone knows Pēteris Plakidis as one of the most original Latvian composers, with outstanding stylisation, cleverness and light sarcasm.  He is a master of deep and simple experiences.

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When?
  • 20/10, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 25 €

The passionate performances of violinist Lorenza Borrani move audiences and critics alike, and more so enchant and inspire the musicians who have been lucky enough to share the stage with her, united in music. The Italian musician brightly shines in all her creative endeavours – as a concertmaster and orchestra leader, performing with friends and colleagues in different chamber ensembles, as well as a brilliant soloist. Her repertoire has similarly broad range, echoed in this diverse programme: Pēteris Vasks' serene “Epiphany” contrasts with Alfred Schnittke's expressive Sonata, and  the latter's flirtation with Vienna Classical style is performed back-to-back with authentic Classical composition.

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One of the major projects for Latvia’s centennial will be “Ring of Latvia.”  Over the course of two years, it will create unique interaction throughout Latvia, allowing Latvians to meet one another.  Conductor Sigvards Kļava, who is artistic director of the Radio Latvia Choir, came up with the idea of four conceptually different rings and sets of music to demonstrate and emphasise the specifics, wealth and energy of each region of Latvia through the most precious thing that exists for the nation – the views of local residents.  The unique cultural heritage of Latgale includes the unique phenomenon of traditional music.  The sea power of Kurzeme surges through the everyday lives of people.  The national string of Vidzeme offers a symbolic room for patriotism.  Zemgale has a vast horizon in which the streams of people’s souls come together.

The idea involves 16 concert performances that will be presented in a cycle at four concert halls in Latvia.  The Radio Latvia Choir will be helped by a different artistic and creative team to shape the ring of each region of Latvia – Inese Mičule, Reinis Suhanovs, Roberts Rubīns, Māris Sirmais, Inese Zandere, Katrīna Neiburga, Guna Kalnača, Jānis Mitrēvics, the State Academic Choir Latvija, the Latvian Radio Big Band, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, and others.

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When?
  • 27/10, 19:00
Where?
Riga, St.Peter's Church
Price
10 €

If you are an early bird, you will experience peace in the evening and silence in the night.  If you are an experienced owl, you will hear the magic of sunrise sounds and the eagerness of the dawn.  Night, morning, day and evening include the miraculous appearance and disappearance of the Sun, and that is the dramatic content of the new programme produced by the artistic director of the Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Kļava, “Around-the-Clock or 1440.”  The around-the-clock colours involve new opuses that offer the views of modern Latvians.  The compositions for the Latvian Radio choir, harp, percussion and electronics are by recipients of the Latvian Great Music Award, Maija Einfelde and Santa Ratniece, as well as by Aleksejs Peguševs, a graduate from the composition class taught by Juris Karlsons, a fan of chamber and vocal music, and the recipient of numerous awards.  The programme will feature a diverse amount of skills and different styles, involving improvisations by the virtuoso percussionist Ivo Krūskops and music by Juris Karlsons, Anete Ašmane, Andrejs Selickis and Ēriks Ešenvalds. 

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When?
  • 24/11, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 20 €

American minimalist John Adams' legendary piece Shaker Loops was inspired in equal parts by the perpetual rippling of water and the memories of the Christian religious group known as shakers and their ecstatic worship rituals. Similar wild bursts of energy promises to be scattered through the new work of freethinker Platons Buravickis - Demontāžas estētika (Aesthetics of Disassembly). On the other hand, the Viennese classic Joseph Haydn's symphony La passione and Finnish contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho's Graal théâtre, with its sublimely drawn contrast between eternal and ephemeral, might be defined as sacral works. The concert's soloist – violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky – has a broad emotional range, capturing the audiences with innate poignancy and unconstrained musicality. 

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When?
  • 08/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, St.John’s Church
Price
10 - 25 €
Musicians:

Kaspars Zemītis, guitar
Rīga Cathedral Boys' Choir
Conductor Mārtiņš Klišāns

Programme:

Kaspars Zemītis, Advent Cycle "Waiting for Light" for boys' choir and electric guitar (premiere), as well as compositions by John Dowland, Thomas Robinson and William Byrd

When?
  • 13/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Congress Centre
Price
10 - 35 €
Musicians:

Raimonds Pauls, piano

Kristīne Prauliņa, vocal

Dināra Rudāne, vocal

Ralfs Eilands, vocal

Intars Busulis, vocal

Latvian Radio Bigband
Programme:

Music by Raimonds Pauls

When?
  • 15/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
15 €

Alessandro Baricco (b 1958) is a world-renowned author and philosopher from Italy who studies glass castles, silk and Homer.  As a young man, he thought a lot about music and even wrote books about the topic.  

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When?
  • 16/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 -25 €

This is the third meeting of Sinfonietta Rīga and the exuberant German Christoph Poppen; the brilliant violinist, also a gifted pedagogue, lately more often has been seen with a conductor's baton, performing with orchestras from Europe, the US and Asia. His belief in music's power to make the world a better place perfectly suits the spirit of the Christmas season as well as this programme, which includes Mendelssohn's dreamy portrait of the beautiful Melusine, Mozart's effervescent “Prague Symphony” and Rodrigo's Concierto pastoral, written for the “Irishman with the golden flute" James Galway. Coincidentally, Galway is one of the masters with whom the Latvian flautist Dita Krenberga, the concert's soloist, once studied. 

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When?
  • 21/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
10 €
Musicians:

Guntars Freibergs, percussion
Elvijs Endelis, percussion
Mikus Bāliņš, percussion
Guntis Kuzma, clarinet
Dace Zālīte, cello
Līga Griķe, kokle

Programme:

New opuses by Madara Pētersone, Jēkabs Nīmanis and Jachin Pousson, as well as music by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel and David Lang

When?
  • 25/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Cathedral
Price
15 €

Ave Maria through the ages and through the eyes of composers of different times and ethnicities. And alongside these the second day of Christmas are filled with the sounds of baroque arias and instrumental opuses, Christmas chorales and traditional melodies. Sergejs Jēgers’ warm and gentle voice is interlaced with the grand sounds of the Riga Cathedral organ played by Diāna Jaunzeme-Portnaja, and sounds of string instruments...

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When?
  • 27/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
10 €
Musicians:

Art-i-Shock:
Agnese Egliņa, piano
Guna Šnē, cello
Elīna Endzele, percussion

Programme:

Music by Jānis Lūsēns, Platons Buravickis, Andris Vecumnieks, Alfred Schnittke and other composers 

When?
  • 29/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Luther’s Church
Price
12 €

It has already become a tradition, that the festival European Christmas is concluded by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – a beautiful and grand tale about the time around the birth of Jesus and the events linked to it. The oratorio is composed of six cantatas, and this time the audience is going to hear the fourth, fifth and sixth parts, conducted by the Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš and performed by a great assortment of musicians consisting of soloists coming from or based in Latvia and in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, the Latvian Radio Choir and the Sinfonietta Rīga Orchestra. The message of Joy has been received and the soul rejoices!

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