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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Latvia

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JūrmalaDenis Matsuev

Denis Matsuev
Denis Matsuev, Piano

JūrmalaElīna Garanča, Olga Peretyatko and Dmytro Popov

Elīna Garanča, Olga Peretyatko and Dmytro Popov
Elīna Garanča; Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti; Dmytro Popov

RundāleAntonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
Vivaldi: Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione, Op.8 no. 1-4 (The Four Seasons)

JūrmalaJūrmala Festival. Opening concert. Born in Latvia

© Tatyana Vlasova
Latvia's Centenary Youth Symphony Orchestra; Ainārs Rubiķis; Kristine Opolais; Kalvis Kalniņš; Vineta Sareika; Mikus Akots
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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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Exhilarating operatic talent at the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition

Georgios Alexandros Stavrakakis, Sungho Kim and Pavel Petrov © Dzintari Concert Hall Jūrmala
A wonderful showcase of operatic voices at the 37th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Latvia. 

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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Las Palmas de Gran CanariaOrquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria

Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria
Grieg, Montero, Tchaikovsky, Dārziņš, Strauss R., Ravel
Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria; Karel Mark Chichon; Gabriela Montero

Madonna di CampiglioCampiglio Special Week: Kremerata Baltica

Schumann, Mendelssohn, Jančevskis
Kremerata Baltica

LondonProm 9: War & Peace

Ešenvalds, Britten, Beethoven
World Orchestra for Peace; Simon Halsey; Erin Wall; Judit Kutasi; Russell Thomas; Franz-Josef Selig

StockholmBaltic Anniversary

Baltic Anniversary
Martinů, Vasks, Tüür, Bartók
Sinfonietta Rīga; Normunds Šnē; Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Marc Bouchkov
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Vocal wonder: Elīna Garanča's Mahler with the Vienna Phil

Elīna Garanča © Karina Schwarz | DG
...the perpetuum mobile character building to a raucously joyous finale that elicited genuine, generous applause.
***11
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Swan cruise: Lohengrin at Covent Garden

Jennifer Davis (Elsa) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © ROH | Clive Barda
David Alden’s new production for The Royal Opera, referencing fascist Germany, is drab, but there are musical compensations. 
***11
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Tale of two concertos: Bergen Philharmonic play Gubaidulina and Grieg

Gidon Kremer © Roy Bjørge
Bergen Philharmonic’s programme of Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Gubaidulina’s violin concerto Offertorium offered fascinating insight into the relationship between orchestra and soloist.
***11
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Softly awakes my cold, cold heart: Samson et Dalila

Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Saint-Saëns' exotic dip into the Bible is given a cool update in Alexandra Liedtke's new production at the Wiener Staatsoper.
***11
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