The seventh-closing concert - “THE DREAM STREAM”

31.03.2023., 19:00, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music Great Hall

Latvian Radio Choir
conductor Kaspars Putniņš

Ruta Paidere (1977)
Magnificat (premiere)
Santa Ratniece (1977)
Nakts gaisma
Krists Auznieks (1992)
Mārtiņš Viļums (1974)
Lux aeterna
Märt-Matis Lill (1975)
Dream Steam
Nomeda Valančūte (1961)
Der Regen auf Dünnen gläsernen Beinen
Rytis Mažulis (1961)
Canon solus
The grand finale of Baltic Music Days will be a concert by the Grammy Award-winning Latvian Radio Choir with conductor Kaspars Putniņš.
Here we will have the opportunity to experience a new work by master of sonic art — Ruta Paidere's “Magnificat”.
Also featured will be the work of Mārtiņš Viļums, which is "dominated by themes of life and afterlife, self-immersion, creation, metamorphosis and time." (SKANI) In the choral setting we will hear his “Lux Aeterna”, in which "Deepness, wideness, contemplation are significantly developed, though all is viewed through the prism of self-immersion.” (SKANI)
The program includes Nomeda Valančiūtė’s "Rain on Thin Glass Legs." In her music, "with a closer look, we notice inner opposites: open emotions, denial of beauty, austere structures, crystalline clarity and multidimensional picturesqueness." (MICL) The concert will also feature the work "Canon sol” by Rytis Mažulis, "one of the most distinctive figures in Lithuanian contemporary music" (MICL); as well as "Niehkkoája (The Dream Stream)" for choir and electronics by Estonian composer Märt-Matis Lill, whose music is characterized by a "poetic aura and deep mythological currents" (EMIC).
Furthermore, we will hear Krists Auznieks’s “Sensus”, which has recently been nominated for the 2023 Latvian Grand Music Award in the category “Best New Work of the Year”. Auznieks’s music has been praised as "uplifting... stunning... brilliant" (San Francisco Classical Voice), possessing "astonishing complexity and beauty." (Broadwayworld).


About the festival:
Since 2021 “Baltic Music Days” has been organized by the Composer Unions of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Each year the festival takes place in a different Baltic country. The first festival, organized by the Estonian Composers Union, took place online. The second festival was hosted in Kaunas, the 2022 European Capital of Culture. This year, 2023, the festival will take place from March 18-31 in Cēsis and Rīga, Latvia. Nine concerts are planned for the festival, including the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra performing at Cēsis Concert Hall, the State Chamber Orchestra “Sinfonietta Rīga” performing at the Great Guild Hall in Rīga, and the Latvian Radio Choir performing at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music.
A particularly special highlight of the festival will be a performance by the world-famous percussion ensemble “Les Percussions de Strasbourg” on March 19, at Cēsis Concert Hall.
The festival as a whole will include 11 world premieres by Latvian composers.

This year, the festival’s overall theme is “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”.
We have borrowed this theme from the title of Czech/French writer Milan Kundera’s well-known novel. We came to this idea at the war’s start — a war, which unfortunately has not yet ended. A war, which has seeped into our daily lives, into our subconscious; a war, which makes us shiver in compassion and demands that we help as much as possible.
“… for there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes”*
Amid the war and the empathy, life and music continue, offering opportunities for sensitivity and joy. It is unbearably heavy and light at the same time. We have asked the festival’s composers to reflect in their new compositions: is heaviness truly terrible, and lightness wonderful? Is lightness positive and heaviness negative? For the moment, it is only clear that the opposition of heaviness and lightness is the most mysterious and meaningful of all opposites.

Come and listen to it with us!

*Milan Kundera, “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” 1984.

The festival is organized by Latvian Composers Union and supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation, Baltic Contemporary Music Network, Geothe-Institut Riga, Latvian Concerts, Riga Latvian Society, Concert Hall "Cēsis", Latvian Radio 3 "Klasika", Riga Cathedral