Latvian Radio Choir
Conductor Sigvards Kļava
A. Part. P. Vasks. P.Tchaikovsky. G. Maler. Ē. Ešenvalds
From 20 October to 1 November, the Latvian Radio Choir lead by Sigvards Kļava will embark on a tour to the Netherlands where they will perform 10 concerts with music of composers from the Baltics and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.
Arvo Part’s Seven Magnificat-Antiphons is a striking example of his self-made tintinnabuli technique that is based on the interplay of two types of bell voices in different combinations. In his song Stars, the choral music corypheus Ēriks Ešenvalds admires the wonder of night and ethereal starry skies, complementing the voices of the choir with water-tuned glasses. Pēteris Vasks dedicated the dramatic Our Mothers' Names to the strongest part of the Latvian people - our mothers.
The Programme shall contain one of the most beautiful musical love letters - Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto from his Symphony No. 5, arranged for mixed choir by Gérard Pesson. Mahler’s friend, conductor Wilhelm Mengelberg once said “This Adagietto is Mahler’s affirmation of love for his wife Alma. Instead of writing a letter, the composer sent her this manuscript and Alma understood - he had to come to her.”
The Latvian Radio Choir will also bring to the Netherlands their interpretation of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. The album by the Latvian Radio Choir and Sigvards Kļava that was released by the recording label ONDINE and featured the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and Nine Sacred Choruses received the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) prize for the best choral recording of the year in 2020. The recording earned high praise with such prestigious publications as Gramophone: “Kļava is utterly unafraid to choose very slow speeds for many of the sections of the work, but never once does he lose sight of the structure or let go of the dramatic tension which is so much a part of Tchaikovsky’s music, even his liturgical settings. The Latvian Radio Choir are superb in this repertoire!”