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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Latvia

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RigaBeethoven's 7th Symphony and Dvořák's

Dvořák, Mozart, Beethoven
Sinfonietta Rīga; Alexei Ogrintchouk

RigaThe Sleeping Beauty

Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Marius Petipa; Aivars Leimanis; Latvian National Ballet; Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Ināra Gauja

RigaLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Ainārs Rubiķis; Andrejs Žagars; Latvian National Opera; Andris Freibergs; Kristīne Pasternaka; Latvian National Opera Orchestra

RigaMatīss Čudars and the Latvian Radio Big Band

Matīss Čudars
Matīss Čudars; Latvian Radio Big Band
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Four house debuts in Latvian National Opera's Bohème

Marlena Keine (Musetta) © Andris Tone
With four singers making their debuts and two more experienced singers making strong impression, Latvian opera singing appears to be in safe hands.
****1
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Technique, fervency and passion: the Latvian Radio Choir

Latvian Radio Choir © Janis Deinats
The Latvian Radio Choir's 24 singers display exceptional virtuosity in the service of a varied programme of contemporary spiritual works.
*****
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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. 
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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.
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LondonVasari Singers - The Path of Purity

Vasari Singers - The Path of Purity
Schnittke, Chilcott, Taverner, Ešenvalds
Jeremy Backhouse; Vasari Singers

OsloChoral music by Byrd, Pärt, Tavener et al.

Choral music by Byrd, Pärt, Tavener et al.
Byrd, Pärt, Tavener, Poulenc, Bruckner, Ešenvalds, Park
Stephen Layton; Polyphony

RigaMatīss Čudars and the Latvian Radio Big Band

Matīss Čudars
Matīss Čudars; Latvian Radio Big Band

RigaGood Friday Concert. Stabat Mater.

Karlsons, MacMillan
Sinfonietta Rīga; Sigvards Kļava; Latvian Radio Choir
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Four house debuts in Latvian National Opera's Bohème

Marlena Keine (Musetta) © Andris Tone
With four singers making their debuts and two more experienced singers making strong impression, Latvian opera singing appears to be in safe hands.
****1
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Technique, fervency and passion: the Latvian Radio Choir

Latvian Radio Choir © Janis Deinats
The Latvian Radio Choir's 24 singers display exceptional virtuosity in the service of a varied programme of contemporary spiritual works.
*****
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Also sprach Richard Strauss

Renée Fleming with the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
Renée Fleming assumes the role of the Countess is Capriccio as part of an all-Strauss program at Symphony Hall. 
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The healing power of faith: Dvořák‘s Stabat Mater in Boston

Andris Nelsons and soloists with the Boston Symphony © Winslow Townson
Andris Nelsons leads a moving performance of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood Festival Chorus. 
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