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After a marvellous co-operation on the performance of Lutosławski’s Piano Concerto at the Cēsis Arts Festival in the summer of 2013, Maestro Andris Poga has invited Reinis Zariņš, a pianist living in London for another collaboration.

The concert program includes Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Clouds, a poem about that untouchable substance that glides above our heads, Alexander Scriabin’s Piano Concerto – the young composer’s conversation with his bride shortly before their wedding and long before coming under the power of Prometheus, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 as a dialogue with fate, the melancholy of evening and the enjoyment of the joy of strangers.

This concert will be broadcast live by the Radio Latvia 3 Klasika programme across the classical music network of Euroradio member states. It will be the highlight of the special Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014 Week.


The oratorio The Poet and the Mermaid by Imants Kalniņš and Imants Ziedonis is at times beautiful, at times a little coarse, somewhat psychedelic and somewhat of a true story about that threshold by the river where the ants’ path ends and the fish path begins. There, where the poet is with his mermaid, the one you can’t phone nor post a letter to. It’s balanced by César Franck’s impressive monolithic symphony like a tapestry with a unicorn in a storm.

On the LNSO podium for this concert we have the Head of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music’s Opera Department, Professor Viesturs Gailis, under whose guidance the current Musical Director of the LNSO, Andris Poga, developed as a symphonic music conductor.

Performing the roles of the Poet and the Mermaid – the bright, darting, top notes of Jolanta Strikaite from the classical music world and the explosive, energetic Daumants Kalniņš from the non-academic world, represent two divergent aspects, gravitating towards each other, just like in Kalniņš’ oratorio.

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