On February 24, a world première of Ēriks Ešenvalds new work “Four Winds” will take place at the Riga St. John's Church. “We have already properly rehearsed it – and it is such a delightful work! Those familiar with Ēriks music can imagine how poetic and beautiful its message will be and they won't be disappointed.
First of all, the text is captivating by itself – an ancient Iroquois legend on the origin of wind. The idea to write a piece about wind for this exact line-up – choir and saxophones is very fitting. As always with Ēriks, the opus is highly professional in regards to the composition, the tone and the form in general.” Several other works will be performed in the concert along with Ēriks Ešenvalds music. “Certainly, this programme will be full of contrasts and colours, but Ēriks opus will be its centrepiece,” says Kaspars. The other works performed in the concert will be the following: Preludes and Fugues by Johann Sebastian Bach in arrangement for saxophone quartet, the saxophone quintet Vigilia by Rihards Dubra, György Ligeti's Lux aeterna for choir a cappella, and also another work by Ēriks Ešenvalds - Adoremus In Aeternum for alto saxophone and organ.