To share the stage with the vivacious German virtuoso Jörg Widman is a true musical pleasure. He embodies the disappearing spirit of composer-performer of the past centuries, composing and performing his own music as well as clarinet compositions written especially for him by others. Widmann is also a conductor; chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga has the honour of entering his list of regular stage partners. In 2019, Widmann was awarded the German Opus Klassik prize as the Best Composer, and spent the end of the year in residency at the New York Carnegie Hall, one of the world's top concert halls.
Jörg Widmann returns to Riga with a classic German repertoire, which includes Carl Maria von Weber's playful concerto - the Bavarian king Maximilian I is said to have taken great delight in its elaborate clarinet passages - and Ludwig van Beethoven's jovial, spirited Seventh Symphony. Finally, Widmann's own composition Con brio, commissioned by conductor Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, is a short jaunt that bears the characteristic hallmarks of Beethoven's music.
Jörg Widmann, conductor and soloist (clarinet)
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
Carl Maria von Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73
Jörg Widmann Concert overture Con brio (arranged for chamber orchestra)
Photo: © Marco Borggreve