KOMITAS | DIVINE LITURGY

On July 10, DELOS releases KOMITAS: DIVINE LITURGY an early-20th masterpiece by the revered Armenian composer Komitas Vardapet (1869–1935), in the world-premiere recording of a mixed-voice arrangement by his 21st-century compatriot Vache Sharafyan. This new version features the critically acclaimed Latvian Radio Choir led by its artistic director, Sigvards Klava, with guest soloists bass Hovhannes Nersesyan and tenor Armen Badalyan.

This album presents a sequel for the award-winning album (ICMA Choral disc of the year) of Tchaikovsky’s sacred choral works by the Latvian Radio Choir and conductor Sigvards Kļava. These two albums together form the composer’s complete sacred works for the choir.

Multiple award-winning Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš is appointed Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir from the 2020-21 season. It is one of the most coveted conducting positions on the international choral scene. The last Chief Conductor was Peter Dijkstra who ended his tenure in 2018, after 11 years.

DECIBELS

One of the central events of the festival will be the Latvian Radio Choir concert with conductor Kaspars Putniņš on the 13th of March. The programme has been crafted around the refined intellectual and hedonist, Italian avant-garde composer Luciano Berio’s (1925- 2003) piece A-ronne. The author says: A-ronne is the elementary vocalization of a text and its transformation into something equally elementary, but difficult to describe.

Ring of Riga

On Saturday, 22 February, 18:00 in the Liepāja Great Amber concert hall and on Friday, 28 February, 19:00 at the Vidzeme concert hall the musical production Ring of Riga will return to the audiences. This production continues the widely popular concert cycle Ring of Latvia with a story about Riga. It shows the multi-faceted Riga as seen through the eyes Aleksandrs Čaks, Ojārs Vācietis, Arturs Maskats and Uldis Stabulnieks, told by Andris Keišs, Jānis Strazdiņš, the Latvian Radio Choir and an instrumental group.