Musicians: Latvian Radio Chamber Singers, conductor Kaspars Putniņš, director Zane Kreicberga, lighting Egils Kupčs
In response to audience requests, Latvian Radio Chamber Singers and conductor Kaspars Putniņš are returning to the concert performance Greed this season, allowing audiences once again to enjoy the unique, dynamic and exciting masterpiece by the Argentinian master of electronic music, Alejandro Viñao, who lives in London. The major opus has gathered together the no less important achievements of 20th century Modernists. A-Ronne by the Italian composer Luciano Berio and with lyrics by Edoardo Sanguineti is, according to Berio, “audible theatre,” while the extensive composition Nuits by the Greek composer and architect Iannis Xenakis features texts from the Sumerians and Ancient Persians and was inspired by the ideas of political oppression and a lack of freedom.
All three of these major compositions are meant for 12 voices and electronics, and each reveals the dynamics of individual and global complicated relationships. Greed, egotism and corruption by power have always been a universal problem for individuals and humanity, but the conflicts that are caused by these unflattering characteristics have been manifested differently in each era. The three composers – Berio, Xenakis and Viñao – reveal modern problems in a vividly theatrical and often clever or even playful way, with no shortage of humour, dramatism, and beautiful musical colours and textures.