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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Riga

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RigaSinfonietta Riga and Inga Kalna. The eternal Mozart

Mozart
Sinfonietta Rīga; Normunds Šnē; Inga Kalna

RigaThe Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Aivars Leimanis; Latvian National Ballet; Farhads Stade; Aleksandrs Vasiļjevs

RigaBeethoven's Sonata. The Osokins

Beethoven
Andrejs Osokins; Sergejs Osokins

RigaRomeo and Juliet

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
Leonid Lavrovsky; Leo Mujic; Latvian National Ballet; Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Marko Japelj; Leo Kulaš
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Vestard Shimkus delivers exhilarating Dreamscapes

Vestard Shimkus © Ars Produktion
Composer-pianist, Vestards Shimkus gives a compelling rendition of his imaginative 9 etudes Dreamscapes, while his Bach-Busoni 9 Chorale Preludes offers more mixed results. 
****1
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An inspiring, faith-filled concert in Riga

Sigvards Kļava © Riga Festival
The Latvian Radio Choir, coupled with the Sinfonietta Rīga Orchestra under the conductor Sigvards Kļava give an ethereal rendition of four contemporary Latvian composers in Riga Cathedral.
****1
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A meticulous musical makeover in Riga

Elīna Šimkus (Dido) and Anna Chierichetti (Belinda) © Emanuele Pucciarelli
Almost all the singers, orchestra and conductor were Italian, but it was local soprano Elīna Šimkus and the Latvian Radio Choir who sang Purcell’s magnum opus as if to the English manner born.
***11
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Resplendent in Gregorian chant and the Eton Choir Book

Latvian Radio Choir © Matiss Markovskis
In the tiny Baltic state of Latvia, music loving locals are hell-bent on going for Baroque.
****1
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