The Latvian Radio Choir and conductor Sigvards Kļava go on tour in Japan.

From 2 - 8 June, the Latvian Radio choir, directed by its artistic director Sigvards Kļava, will tour in Japan. Thanks to previous successful concerts in 2017, the choir continues its cooperation with Artist Management M. Hirasa who have organised the tour this time around, as well.

The Latvian Radio choir will perform in four cities - Tokyo, Yokohama, Tsu and Matsumoto.

The beginning of June, the Latvian Radio Choir will tour in Japan to present in a number of prominent concert halls across the country three different programs of exceptional European choir music with a significant emphasis on Latvian composers.

Along with notable contemporary opuses for a choir, the Latvian Radio Choir will also present a fair amount of romance to its Japanese audiences who will have the opportunity to enjoy the lyrical and dreamy love waltzes of Johannes Brahms, the deeply moving songs of Austrian genius Gustav Mahler with the verses of German poet Friedrich Rickert, as well as the adaptation for a choir of Adagietto full of heartache from his Fifth symphony.

The emphasis will also be on the Nordic music. Alongside the sonorically fascinating score muo:aa:yiy::oum - today a minimalist classic - composed in early 1980s by the Swedish contemporary music star Anders Hillborg, the audiences will hear the unusual Lullaby composed around the same time by the outstanding Danish composer Per Nørgård, in addition to one of the most exceptional examples of the Finnish choir music - Einojuhani Rautavaara’s elegy of 1993 with the verses of Rainer Maria Rilke.


The choir will also perform Hear my Prayer, Oh Lord - a score by Sven-David Sandström, legend of the contemporary Swedish music, inspired by the English Baroque master Henry Purcell. The work of Norwegian classic of the 20th century, Knut Nystedt demonstrates a deep interest in the magnificence of the ancient music. He creatively marries its richness with the possibilities of modern music which can be observed in his composition Immortal Bach where he refers to a choral by this great master of the Baroque era.

In his creations, the legendary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt creatively and respectfully recalls the wealth of a past era, too. His composition Virgencita was inspired by the legend of Virgin Mary’s apparition in Guadalupe. It is also to Her whom the Lithuanian master Vytautas Barauskas dedicates his refined composition Stabat Mater.

Music of the world-renowned Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks is part of all three concert programs which include the songs The Tomtit's Message and Mother Sun composed nearly four decades ago that berhyme his motherland and the beauty of its nature. The audiences will also hear The Fruit of Silence composed in 2013 with the words of Mother Teresa. As the composer says: “It is a silent meditation about a path. There are five signs on the road - prayer, faith, love, service, peace. With this work, I want to remind people of the existence of this path.”


Ēriks Ešenvalds, a proficient in the choir music and considered to be the most played Latvian composer touches upon a similar theme. His emotionally shattering score of 2006 A Drop in the Ocean refers to the Lord's Prayer and the verses of St. Francis of Assisi, as well as to the songs of sisters of the Calcutta Missionaries of Charity and the words of Mother Teresa: “[...] what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Ē. Ešenvalds’ Stars composed around the verses of American poet Sara Teasdale will also be performed in Japan.

Photo: Daina Geidmane
Photo: Daina Geidmane