In the year of the composer’s 75th birthday, the Latvian Radio Choir, conductor Sigvards Kļava and pianist Reinis Zariņš will bring together the choral and piano music of Pēteris Vasks, Arturs Maskats, and Andrejs Selickis, including multiple premieres.
Pēteris Vasks is one of the most prominent light-bringers in the Latvian culture space, who has always been interested in the work of his fellow composers, supporting and actively attending their premieres. A whole family of composers that studied under him in the Emīls Dārziņš music school thanks Vasks for his fatherly care and inspiration. Pēteris Vasks's music has always been present in the life of the Latvian Radio Choir, offering strength and spiritual power with its relentless pursuit of light.
The concert will feature the dramatic ballad Mūsu māšu vārdi (The Words of our Mothers) with lyrics by Māris Čaklais that was written as a dedication to mothers - the strongest part of the Latvian nation. The deeply moving prayer Mans Kungs un mans Dievs (My Lord and my God) is based on the Swiss mystic Brother Klaus’s prayer that he is said to have recounted every day. The composer encountered this text in a meditation retreat that took place on the Baltic Sea shore. Angele Dei for choir a cappella will see its premiere in the concert. It is a prayer to a guardian angel that serves as a reminder of God’s protective love.
The piano piece Summer from the cycle Seasons is a sonic depiction of warm joy and peaceful contemplation, and The Fruit of Silence with words by Mother Theresa is a quiet meditation on the way of servitude and love.
Alongside the music of Pēteris Vasks we shall hear Arturs Maskats’s Pavasara tēma (Spring Theme) for piano, and Agnus Dei - a testament to a holy beauty and deeply felt belief. We shall hear a premiere from Andrejs Selickis - the peculiar musical pilgrim whose music is filled with iconic symbolism and sacred archetypes. He has created the Ekstātisks dziedājums Dieva Mātei (Extatic Chant for the Mother of God) that has been paired with his existing work Ave Maria for a singing piano.