In the prime of spring, at the end of April, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will offer its audience music by two English composers: the classic Edward Elgar and the very talented contemporary composer, Grammy Award nominee Anna Clyne, and also one of the world's most significant symphonists, Johannes Brahms.
Edward Elgar is an English composer who contributed to the renaissance of English music at the beginning of the 20th century. His works are characterized by beautiful melodies with expressive musical colours. In this concert, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra accompanied by the cellist Marta Sudraba will play his Cello Concerto in E minor, which is his last important composition that became a classical music bestseller in the 1960s along with the recording made by the English cellist Jacqueline Du Pré.
In 2011, a Listener Survey conducted by an Australian broadcaster rated Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto as the best classical music piece written in the 20th century.
Whereas, Anna Clyne is a contemporary English composer, described by the “New York Times” as a “composer with extraordinary talents and methods”. GRAMMY nominee Anna Clyne currently is one of the most sought-after composers, working with orchestras, choreographers, filmmakers and visual artists all over the world.
Music by Johannes Brahms, one of the world's most significant symphonists, is also included in the concert programme, and this time the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Estonian conductor Risto Joost will play his Symphony No.3, which is sometimes also called “Heroic”.
The third movement of the symphony has been fancied by a number of masters of other fields of art: in cinematography it can be heard in Anatole Litvak's film “Do you love Brahms?”, in Vincente Minnelli's film noir “Undercurrent”, in the 2013 film “Kill your Darlings” about Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg's College years and more. In pop music, this same third movement was fancied by Carlos Santana, Frank Sinatra, Serge Gainsbourg and others.
Marta Sudraba (cello)
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Risto Joost
Anna Clyne (1980): “Sound and Fury”
Edward Elgar (1857–1934): Concerto for cello and orchestra in E minor, Op. 85
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897): Symphony No.3 in F major, Op. 90
The Concert is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the State Cultural Capital Foundation, Liepāja City.