Kremerata Baltica and Lucas Debargue (France)
This year, the first notes of the Riga Festival will be performed by two international stars - the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica, which was founded by the violinist Gidons Krēmers, and one of the chamber orchestra’s most beloved performing partners - Lucas Debargue, who gained recognition with his sensational debut in the prestigious Tchaikovsky International Competition eight years ago. Performed by this outstanding tandem, on the evening of May 26, the audience will hear real musical rarities of the Latvian concert scene: the exquisite French romanticist César Franck’s contrasting emotions of the Piano Quintet in F minor, and two opuses by Miłosz Magin: the rich harmonics of Stabat mater and the masterful Piano Concerto No. 3, which echoes with references to the composer’s idol Chopin, as well as expressions from the musical language of Baroque. After initially studying the piano under a Paris-based student of Magin and growing up surrounded by Magin’s music, Debargue is one of the most passionate and vivid promoters and advocates of the captivating melodies and expressive harmonies of this unfairly forgotten 20th century composer, therefore getting to know Miłosz Magin’s music through the performance of Debargue is a special treat.
César Franck, Miłosz Magin
Lucas Debargue, piano
Chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica