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"

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.

The Ring of Latgale concert: “For Ornaments and Sounds”

April 22, 2017:  The Gors Embassy of Latgale
April 26, 2017:  The Jelgava Cultural Centre
April 28, 2017:  The Cēsis Vidzeme Concert Hall
May 5, 2017:  The “Great Amber” Concert Hall in Liepāja 

Folk songs and Holy Scripture, ethnic musicians and priests, live voices and archived recordings – the Lettigalian spirit that is rooted in people, their experiences and their lives.  Throughout the centuries, the unique cultural heritage of Latvia has always preserved one of its phenomena – an interaction between traditional music and the traditions of the Catholic Church, integrating these into a single artistic whole.  Sounds like a heartbeat that speaks to the beauty of the Lettigalian names and souls, with a full sense of honour and worship.  Andrievs Jūrdžs:  “The human heart is like an instrument with two strings, one of which presents joy and the other of which presents moans of pain.  The fingers of destiny never stop playing, wedding songs sometimes, songs of restlessness at other times.”

Radio Latvia Choir, folk musicians, priests
Musical director and conductor:  Sigvards Kļava
Video artist:  Katrīna Neiburga
Set design:  Rūdolfs Baltiņš
Lights:  Egils Kupčs
Director:  Inese Mičule

 

The Ring of Kurzeme concert: “Blow, Wind”

November 16, 2017:  The “Great Amber” concert hall in Liepāja
November 22, 2017:  The Jelgava Cultural Centre
November 24, 2017:  The Gors Embassy in Latgale
November 25, 2017:  The Cēsis Vidzeme Concert Hall

“Blow, o wind, and push my boat to Kurzeme” is a folk song in a place where Liv traditions are honoured, the unique Suiti cultural space has taken root, and energy streams from the shores of the sea and one’s feet in the sand on an everyday basis.  The last rays of the sun shine on the shores of the Kurzeme seaside each evening, and waves bring pieces of amber to the shore.  It is our fortune to see the universe in this amber and to put it in our pockets.

Imants Ziedonis:  “(..)  I imagined a road, I walk through Kurzeme and through seen and experienced fields until completely unseen landscapes approach me, and I sense that I am leaving wakefulness and my everyday life.  Documentary Kurzeme.  Kurzeme of dreams.  Land of God.”

Radio Latvia Choir, State Academic Choir “Latvija,” Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, ethnic musicians, folklore groups, soloists

Conductor:  Māris Sirmais
Lights:  Mārtiņš Feldmanis
Director, artist:  Reinis Suhanovs

 

The Ring of Vidzeme musical exhibition, “The Hill Shall Rise” 

April 19, 2018:  The Cēsis Vidzeme Concert Hall
April 21, 2018:  The Gors Embassy in Latgale
April 25, 2018:  The “Great Amber” concert hall in Liepāja
April 26, 2018:  The Jelgava Cultural Centre

The place where the roots and symbols of Latvian national culture first emerged.  The cradle for the Latvian flag and national anthem, the launch of education that offers light to the spirit, the origins of the Latvian Song Festival.  Vidzeme – the place where the self-confidence and patriotism of Latvians appeared.  A place for teachers, poets, writers, composers and artists to be inspired, live and return to – a romantic and idea place for dreams and the shaping and understanding of the identity of free and educated people.  Signs from the mythical world and antiquity awaken us, speak to us in texts and subtexts, lead us to gain, regain, be born and reborn and to scale where the endless road leads to a dream.

Radio Latvia Choir, soloists
Musical director and conductor:  Sigvards Kļava
Exhibition curators:  Guna Kalnača, Jānis Mitrēvics, Dd Studio

 

The Ring of Zemgale cinema concert “In the Floods of History”

October 17, 2018:  The Jelgava Cultural Centre
October 19, 2018:  The Cēsis Vidzeme Concert Hall
October 26, 2018:  The Gors Embassy in Latgale
November 2, 2018:  The “Great Amber” concert hall in Liepāja 

Zemgale is the land of the plough and the sword, with fertility interweaving with death.  There are military marches, music of sorrow, canonised legends and self-confident brass bands at outdoor parties.  The vast meadows turn into military staging grounds and cemeteries, then once again becoming meadows where literary Latvian language, the country’s first presidents and statement and our noble poets and strong poetesses once emerged.  Zemgale has the breadth of the horizons, and the Latvian state is like the Lielupe River, with floods that bring together the streams of souls that have been scattered along the flatlands of history.

Radio Latvia Choir, Latvian Radio Big Band, soloists
Musical director and conductor:  Sigvards Kļava
Libretto:  Inese Zandere
Director, video artist:  Roberts Rubīns

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