Sinfonietta Rīga 18th Season Closing Concert

In the talanted hands Maxim Rysanov, the Il Soldato viola, built by the famous Guadagnini sings passionately and truthfully; it moves, reassures and excites. The Ukrainian-born violist has long been a close friend and creative collaborator of chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga and its founder Normunds Šnē. Since his study years, spent in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he has also kept up similarly close ties with Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova, who has composed several works inspired by Rysanov's style of performance. Among those, the Viola Concerto that 20 years after its premiere and warm reception in London will be presented in a new version in Riga, and the jubilant and harmonious Fantasy Homage to Franz Schubert that will be a wonderful companion to his own Symphony No .2, embodying the Promethean spirit of the Romantic era. The Lithuanian ambassador of the monochrome music Juste Janulyte is another close friend of the orchestra. Her magically glistening opus Apnea, composed during the pandemic, lures into hypnotic tranquility.


Dobrinka TabakovaFantasy Homage to Schubert for viola and string orchestra
Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, D 125
Juste JanulyteApnea for string orchestra
Dobrinka Tabakova – Concerto for viola and strings (Premiere for full orchestra)



Maxim Rysanov, viola
Sinfonietta Rīga
Conductor Normunds Šnē

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