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Sinfonietta Riga's Summer Nights' Chamber Music concert cycle takes on an exciting journey through the world of refined musical relationships. Here every voice, every gesture, every breath and every flick of a bow holds a deeper meaning. We invite you to dive into these small form musical wonders, created by great composers, together with the chamber ensembles of Sinfonietta Riga on August 21 and August 27 at Dzintari Concert Hall.

The music of this evening's featured composers comes alive at the intersection of experimentation and tenacity.

Igor Stravinsky's experiment led him to the language of Neoclassicism: the anti-romantic, dispassionate Octet for woodwind instruments has sometimes been described as "the Seventh Brandenburg Concerto". The Paris premiere of the piece in 1923 left the admirers of Stravinsky's ballets in shock.

Sergei Prokofiev's experiment - composing music for a traveling circus troupe brought on a surge of inspiration that swept away the intentions Serge Koussevitzky who commissioned the piece might have had; the robust score turned out to be unsuitable for a ballet, but was a turning point in Prokofiev's musical quest. In 1924, during his short stay in Paris, the composer presented the composition to the sophisticated French audiences.

Finally, John Adams's experiment with movement turned into a cycle of ten "alleged" dances. Alleged, because "the steps for them are yet to be invented". Performance of Adams's composition requires a string quartet playing live, and a recorded prepared piano, however the ten dances from "John's Book of Alleged Dances" can be performed in any order.


Igor Stravinsky Octet for Wind instruments

Ilona Meija, flute

Mārtiņš Circenis, clarinet

Jānis Semjonovs, basoon

Elza Ozola, basoon

Jens Emil Holm, trumpet

Edgars Švembergs, trumpet

Lauris Zvejnieks, trombons

Artūrs Bērziņš, trombons

conductor Jānis Stafeckis



Sergei Prokofiev Quintet in G minor, op. 39

Agnese Kanniņa, violin

Ivars Brīnums, viola

Viktors Stankevičs, double bass

Pēteris Endzelis, oboe

Mārtiņš Circenis, clarinet


John Adams “John's Book of Alleged Dances”

Marta Spārniņa, violin

Liene Neija-Kalniņa, violin

Ivars Brīnums, viola

Kārlis Klotiņš, cello

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W. A. Mozart - Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"
F. Mendellsohn - Symphony No. 3
Linda Leimane - Guesstimations
R. Strauss - Oboe Concerto
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