The fourth concert of the festival  - "CO2"

21.03.2023., 19:00, Riga Cathedral

Aigars Raumanis (saxophone)
Aigars Reinis (organ)

Tõnu Kõrvits (1969)
Chorales of Thule for saxophone and organ
Andris Dzenītis (1978)
Late Rose for organ
Arturs Maskats (1957)
Bird in the Blue Sky for saxophone and organ
Alise Rancāne (1995)
Music for organ
Dalia Raudonikytė (1970–2018)
Everything Passes for saxophone
Marius Baranauskas (1978)
Beatitudes for organ
Madara Pētersone (1989)
CO2 for saxophone and electronics
Galina Grigorjeva (1962)
Molitva for saxophone and organ
For the first time ever at Baltic Music Days there will be a concert featuring the organ. This development is spearheaded by the superhuman collaboration of two fantastic musicians - saxophonist Aigars Raumanis and organist Aigars Reinis - and their relentless desire to play newly written music. Raumanis and Reinis are virtuosic and brilliant interpreters in their own right, but their duo is characterized by an admirable balance of quantity - they’ve performed countless concert programs - with unwavering quality.
In recent years, many new works for these fine musicians have been written by Latvian composers, both for solo organ and in duet with saxophone. The program includes a rich and diverse range of music from Baltic composers Tõnu Kõrvits, Andris Dzenītis, Arturs Maskats, Alise Rancāne, Dalia Raudonikytė, Marius Baranauskas, Madara Pētersone and Galina Grigorjeva.


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