On two Sundays of October, Sinfonietta Riga offers the opportunity to return to their listeners over the summer and to watch video records of concert cycle of the “Summer Night’s Chamber music in Dzintari Concert Hall”. 

Taking into account the assembly restrictions specified by the Cabinet of ministers of Latvia, there was a limited number of people who could listen to concerts in person. The concert’s video record was implemented with the support of the State Culture Capital Foundation and Latvian Radio 3 Klasika. We offer the opportunity to watch both concerts only once on the website of Sinfonietta Riga: 

  • Stravinsky, Adams, Prokofiev on October 18 at 18:00 (EET)

  • Mozart, Adams, Debussy on October 25 at 18:00 (EET)


Stravinsky, Adams, Prokofiev

Two early gems and one masterpiece, or two visions, full of admiration for natural phenomena, and one adulation of technocracy, inspired by a fellow creative soul.

The musical language American minimalists presented to the world in the 1970s, appealed to many, including John Adams, whose vision has been deeply influenced by it. At one of the highest peaks of his creation he contemplated the ripple effect of water, emulating it with the minimalist method of looping.

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.



Mozart, Adams, Debussy 

Mozart's Quartet was commissioned by the Dutch melomaniac and proficient flautist Ferdinand de Jean. The score was considered lost until 1945, but today we can again enjoy this fresh and vibrant creation of the Salzburg wunderkind.

The lyric composition of Claude Debussy was inspired by Paul Verlaine's poetry and a young heart's rapturous spring of love in Paris. The suite, composed for piano four hands, was premiered in 1889 and arranged for a tonally richer orchestral performance soon after, followed by several versions for chamber ensemble.

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