BBC PROMS

In 2020, BBC Radio 3 is bringing together musical greats, from the past and the present, in one extraordinary Proms season. Radio 3 is broadcasting the best of four decades of unmissable Proms concerts.

This Late Night Prom is a chance to relive the Latvian Radio Choir performing a work hailed as ‘the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church’. Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (Vespers) is also one of the loveliest works of any faith – a profoundly moving statement of belief and the last major work the composer completed before he left Russia.

Operation :  Orfeo

The visual opera Operation: Orfeo that saw its premiere in Denmark in 1993 was performed more than 70 times in 20 different countries. The Danish poet Ib Michael used the myth of Orpheus and his journey to the underworld to save his beloved Eurydice as the bases for his libretto – in the hands of the creators of Operation: Orfeo, the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice turns into an exciting magnetic and hypnotic ritual based on stark contrasts: light and darkness, life and death, sound and silence.

On Saturday, 12 September, the Latgale Embassy GORS will host the premiere of a concert production dedicated to the Latgalian poet Anna Rancāne - Latgalian Fresco, created by conductor and artistic director Sigvards Kļava, director Viesturs Kairišs, and artist Ieva Jurjāne, with participants such as the Latvian Radio Choir, the New Riga Theatre actress Baiba Broka, ethnomusicologist Biruta Ozoliņa, musician Sovvaļnīks, the poet Anna Rancāne herself, and others.

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Album of Tchaikovsky's Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom by the
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Latvian Radio Choir, conductor Sigvards Kļava, organ player Kristīne Adamaite and harpist Jekaterina Suvorova join forces in sacred music programme featuring Anton Bruckner’s motets and spiritual pieces by Latvian composers Maija Einfelde, Tālivaldis Ķeniņš and Santa Ratniece. If Bruckner finds his inspiration in Latin texts of the Holy Scripture, Ratniece’s music manifests through Italian verses – in her work she uses chants from Paradiso part of Dante’s Divine Comedy. These musical pieces are divided by time and space but search for eternal and divine unites them all.