Schuhmann's Rhenish Symphony and Alaskan landscapes
In his programmes, Londoner Robert Ames always seeks a synergy between the classical tradition and contemporary music, doing it with much elegance and conceptual scope. The heart and soul of Rhineland, the Cologne Cathedral has long been admired by artistic genius from around the world. Robert Schumann sings praises to the architectonic wonder in his Third, so-called Rhenish Symphony, while browsing through the pages of his own biography, in which there is plenty of cheerful ardour and spiritual strength as well as denial of inner demons. John Luther Adams has sought inspiration in the pristine nature of Alaska, in his scenic opus Become River reaching for the extremes of light and darkness 130 miles from the Arctic Circle. In his turn, British classical and electronic music composer Edmund Finnis investigates abstract visual shapes and reflections of their shadows. For his soundscape Shades Lengthen the melodic theme of solo violin will be performed by Sinfonietta Rīga concertmaster Marta Spārniņa.
Marta Spārniņa, violin
Conductor Robert Ames
John Luther Adams Become River
Edmund Finnis Shades Lenghten for violin and ensemble
Robert Schumann Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 97 (“Rhenish”)