Latvian Radio Choir and Saxophone Quartet
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH–KNUT NYSTEDT – Immortal Bach
ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS–MOTHER TERESA – A Drop in the Ocean
ARVO PÄRT – Nunc Dimittis
PER NØRGÅRD – Wiigen-Lied (Lullaby) from the cycle Wie ein Kind (Like a Child)
GIYA KANCHELI – Amao Omi (performance is dedicated to the memory of Giya Kancheli)
ANDERS HILLBORG – Muo:aa:yiy:oum
PĒTER VASKS – Zīles ziņa (The Message of the Tit)
Choral music concerts is a rare phenomenon in the history of the Vilnius Festival. But this year it will be filled with colourful voices and a unique program. The Festival hosts faithful partners of Lithuanian musicians – the Latvian Radio Choir, led by Sigvards Kļava for many years. These performers have been described by the US Washington Post as a collective of “extremely strong musical power” and Australia’s The Advertiser rated it as “one of the most prominent choirs in the world”. In 2020, the choir celebrates its 80th anniversary! For the jubilee year, the choir presents concerts of a wide artistic range in Latvia and abroad, increases its rich collection of CDs and implements the Canti Sacri concert series, which, according to the conductor Kaspars Putniņš, features the most important choral works that have contributed significantly to the evolution of music. The Latvian Radio Choir pays special attention to the promulgation of the works of contemporary composers. It has participated in contemporary music festivals in Vilnius several times, where it has performed the most recent works by Lithuanian composers.
At the Vilnius Festival, the choir presents a special programme of the most beautiful choral compositions of the present day, from the composition by Knut Nystedt, projecting Bach’s immortality and resounding with chants by the Baroque genius, to Anders Hillborg’s simply enchanting Muo:aa:yiy:oum. A special highlight of the concert is the performance of Amao Omi, a work by renowned Georgian composer Giya Kancheli, who passed away last year. The performance is dedicated to the memory of the composer. The special colour of this thoughtful and transparent opus is enriched by the timbre and expressive reliefs of texture of the saxophone quartet. The Latvian Radio Choir shares the stage with a quartet involving Lithuanian and Latvian musicians formed by Kęstutis Vaiginis, one of the most famous Lithuanian saxophonists.