Liepāja Concerti II
Kristīne Blaumane - cello
Vestards Šimkus - piano
Reinis Zariņš - piano
Art-i-Shock - chamber ensemble
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
Atvars Lakstīgala - conductor
First Liepāja Concerto for Piano and Orchestra "Duality"
Second Liepāja Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Fifth Liepāja Concerto "Concertino Art-i-Shock"
Eleventh Liepāja Concerto for Voice and Orchestra
Twelfth Liepāja Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
The Liepāja Concerti were a commission by the city for twelve Latvian composers to present their reflections about Liepāja. The first compilation of Liepāja Concerti was released in 2017 on a recording published by Odradek. The double CD included the works by Rihards Dubra, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Juris Karlsons, Kārlis Lācis and Vilnis Šmīdbergs. The compilation in your hands right now is the second edition of the Liepāja Concerti.
The goal of this disc is to show the world a music that is rooted in the rich soil of Latvian culture, and then invite the world to evaluate whether these sounds also capture the attention of those for whom Latvia is merely a beautiful contour on a map or perhaps nothing at all.
Furthermore – the Baltics’ first philharmonic orchestra was born in Liepāja in 1883. Today’s Liepāja Symphony Orchestra is the spiritual descendant of that first orchestra. Bach had his Brandenburg Concerti; Haydn had his London Symphonies. Now Liepāja has its dozen of Liepāja Concerti.