Sinfonietta Rīga. Summer evening chamber music. STRAVINSKY, ADAMS, PROKOFIEV

Pk. 21. Augusts 2020 19:00

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Programme:

Igor Stravinsky Octet for Wind instruments
Ilona Meija, flute
Mārtiņš Circenis, clarinet
Jānis Semjonovs, basoon
Mārtiņš Grīnbergs, basoon
Jens Emil Holm, trumpet
Edgars Švembergs, trumpet
Lauris Zvejnieks, trombone
Artūrs Bērziņš, trombone
Conductor Jānis Stafeckis

Sergei Prokofiev Quintet in G minor, op. 39 
Agnese Kanniņa, violin
Ivars Brīnums, viola
Viktors Stankevičs, double bass
Pēteris Endzelis, oboe
Mārtiņš Circenis, clarinet

John Adams “John's Book of Alleged Dances”
Marta Spārniņa, violin
Liene Neija-Kalniņa, violin 
Ivars Brīnums, viola
Kārlis Klotiņš, cello

The music of this evening's featured composers comes alive at the intersection of experimentation and tenacity. 
Igor Stravinsky's experiment led him to the language of Neoclassicism: the anti-romantic, dispassionate Octet for woodwind instruments has sometimes been described as "the Seventh Brandenburg Concerto". The Paris premiere of the piece in 1923 left the admirers of Stravinsky's ballets in shock.
Sergei Prokofiev's experiment - composing music for a traveling circus troupe brought on a surge of inspiration that swept away the intentions Serge Koussevitzky who commissioned the piece might have had; the robust score turned out to be unsuitable for a ballet, but was a turning point in Prokofiev's musical quest. In 1924, during his short stay in Paris, the composer presented the composition to the sophisticated French audiences.
Finally, John Adams's experiment with movement turned into a cycle of ten "alleged" dances. Alleged, because "the steps for them are yet to be invented". Performance of Adams's composition requires a string quartet playing live, and a recorded prepared piano, however the ten dances from "John's Book of Alleged Dances" can be performed in any order.