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?
  • 06/07, 20:00
Where?
Riga, Small Guild Hall
Price
15 €
Musicians:

Coin du Roi orchestra
Christian Frattima, conductor

Programme:

Music by Georg Friedrich Handel, Jean-Baptiste Lully (son), Michel-Richard Delalande, Friedrich II, King of Prussia, Henry Purcell, Marc-Antoine Charpentier 

When?
  • 06/07, 22:00
Where?
Riga, St.Peter's Church
Price
10 €

The single-voice Gregorian chants and the masterful multi-voice and harmonic songs from the British Renaissance represent music that will be presented for the first time in Latvia together with the Latvian Radio Choir and conductor Pēteris Vaickovskis.  The repertoire has been chosen by Simone van den Dool from Germany, who specialises in Medieval church music.  The programme is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and it includes short single-voice prayers and hymns for men, women and solo voices.  These have been known as part of the European Catholic literature and the spiritual life of cloisters since the 9th and 10th century.

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When?
  • 07/07, 20:00
Where?
Riga, St.Peter's Church
Price
15 €
Musicians:

Soloists: Elīna Šimkus, Giulio Alvise Caselli, Anna Chierichetti, Arianna Stornello, Riccardo Botta, Milena Storti, Neringa Radenaite, Elisa De Toffol

Dancers: Kim Tassia Kreipe, Andrew Cummings

Choir singers, conductor Pēteris Vaickovskis

Orchestra Coin du Roi

Conductor Christian Frattima

Stage director Susanna Guerrini

Scenographer Arjan Shehaj

When?
  • 08/07, 13:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle White Hall
Price
15 €

As is the case each year, the Ancient Music Festival at the Rundāle Castle will begin with a musical performance for children.  This time the concert is based on Spanish fairy tales and ancient Spanish music.  The title of the concert, “Wonderful Perl,” is closely linked to a pearl which creates unusual events.  The fairy tale has vivid characters – the beautiful Spanish girl Ursuletta and the wicked wizard, Prince Alvaro.  The main thing is that the fairy tale will allow the audience to learn about beautiful Spanish music by composers such as Sebastian Duron, Gaspar Sanz, Alonso Mudarra and Juan del Ensina.

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When?
  • 08/07, 16:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle White Hall
Price
20 €
Musicians:

Elīna Šimkus, soprano
Sergejs Jēgers, countertenor
Coin du Roi orchestra
Christian Frattima, conductor

Programme:

Music by Claudio Monteverdi, Georg Friedrich Handel Jean Batista Lully, Jean Pierre Rameau and Antonio Vivaldi

When?
  • 08/07, 18:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle Golden Hall
Price
20 €

At the end of the 17th century, colourful instrumental music flourished in the world of music.  The mandolin took on equal soloist importance along with flutes and various sizes of violins, offering a nuanced and expressive sound that was particularly popular among young noblewomen.  The mandolin was forgotten, but today it is undergoing a true renaissance.  The sonorous name of the Artemandoline Baroque ensemble for Italy only partly reveals the clarity of harmony and the fragile power that relates to the sounds of mandolins and guitars.  The mounter of Artemandoline, Juan Carlos Muñez, conducted a long search for original mandolin compositions from ancient and little known composers, and he has brought together the greatest virtuosos of mandolin and guitar performances from Italy and Spain.  Since 2001, the ensemble has offered audiences an endless set of surprises and creative impulses, bringing Italian Baroque music fully back to life.

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When?
  • 08/07, 20:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle White Hall
Price
20 €
Musicians:

Mira Glodeanu, violin and musical director

Ernests Neimanis, harpsichord

Baroque orchestra Collegium Musicum Riga

Artistic director Māris Kupčs 

Programme:

Music by Jean-Marie Leclair, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau 

When?
  • 08/07, 22:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle Garden
Price
20 - 50 €
Musicians:

Yury Revich, violin
Sinfonietta Rīga orchestra
Christian Frattima, conductor

Programme:

Music by Johann Friedrich Fasch, Johann Adolph Hasse, Luigi Boccherini, Antonio Vivaldi 

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?
  • 14/09, 19:00
Where?
Riga, St.Peter's Church
Price
10 €
Musicians:

Latvian Radio choir
Virdžīnija Laube, percussion
Ivo Krūskops, percussion
Kaspars Putniņš, conductor

Programme:

Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012) The Forms of Emptiness
Toshio Hosokawa (1955) Die Lotosblume
Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Vier doppelchörige gesänge, op. 141
Mārtiņš Viļums (1974) Le temps scintille

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 €
Musicians:

Belcea Quartet:

Corina Belcea, violin I,

Axel Schacher, violin II,

Krzysztof Chorzelski, viola

Antoine Lederlin, cello

Programme:

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) String Quartet Op. 20 n° 4

György Ligeti (1923-2006) String Quartet n° 1 "Metamorphoses nocturnes"

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) String Quartet op. 96 "American"

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 €
Musicians:

Skride Quartet:

Baiba Skride, violin

Lise Berthaud, viola

Harriet Krijgh, cello

Lauma Skride, piano

Programme:

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Piano quartet A minor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Piano quartet G minor K 478

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Piano quartet No.1 G minor, op. 25

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

Vineta Sareika, violin

Amandine Savary, piano

Programme:

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

Violin sonata No. 1 F major, Op. 8

Violin sonata No. 2 G major, Op. 13

Violin sonata No. 3 C minor, Op. 45

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

Ieva Parša, mezzo soprano
Guna Šnē, cello
Agnese Egliņa, piano
Egīls Šēfers, clarinet

Programme:

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

Pēteris Plakidis (1947) “Dedication to Brahms”

Pētera Plakida vocal chamber music

Dedications to Peteris Plakidis by Gundega Šmite, Līga Celma-Kursiete, Imants Zemzaris, Edgars Raginskis (premieres)

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

Latvian Radio Choir
Ivo Krūskops, percussion
Conductor Sigvards Kļava

Programme:

Music by Anita Ašmane, Jānis Zālītis, Rihards Zaļupe, Santa Ratniece, Jāzeps Vītols, Aleksejs Peguševs, Maija Einfelde, Ēriks Ešenvalds, John Luther Adams

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?
  • 15/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
20 €

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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