Sinfonietta Riga 18th Season's Closing Concert
Maxim Rysanov, viola
Conductor Normunds Šnē
Dobrinka Tabakova Fantasy Homage to Schubert for viola and string orchestra
Franz Schubert Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major, D 125
Juste Janulyte Apnea for string orchestra
Dobrinka Tabakova Concerto for viola and strings (Premiere for full orchestra)
In the talanted hands of Maxim Rysanov, the Il Soldato viola, built by the famous Guadagnini sings passionately and truthfully; it moves, reassures and excites. The Ukrainian-born violist has long been a close friend and creative collaborator of chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga and its founder Normunds Šnē. Since his study years, spent in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he has also kept up similarly close ties with Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova, who has composed several works inspired by Rysanov's style of performance. Among those, the Viola Concerto that 20 years after its premiere and warm reception in London will be presented in a new version in Riga, and the jubilant and harmonious Fantasy Homage to Franz Schubert that will be a wonderful companion to his own Symphony No .2, embodying the Promethean spirit of the Romantic era. The Lithuanian ambassador of the monochrome music Juste Janulyte is another close friend of the orchestra. Her magically glistening opus Apnea, composed during the pandemic, lures into hypnotic tranquility.