Friday, 2005 July 15th, 7PM, Latvian National opera
Conductor Sylvain Cambreling. Soloist: Piotr Anderszewski (piano)
Program: Mozart, Janacek.
Multi talented conductor Sylvain Cambreling is a thought provoking, colourful and dramatic artist with a mass of original and inventive ideas. He may be a modest man but his ideas are certainly not.
The orchestra has been proving to this day that high standards can also be successful. More than 300 pieces performed by the orchestra have been issued on compact discs. Since 1949 it has travelled as an ambassador of music throughout the world including regular tours to the Festival d'Automne Paris, the Salzburg Festivals, Vienna, Berlin and Edinburgh, Brussels, Lucerne, Strasbourg, Frankfurt . In 1999 the orchestra also played the American premiere of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's "Requiem for A Young Poet" at New York’s Carnegie Hall.In 2000 it contributed to the spectacular success of the first performance of Kaija Saariaho's opera "L'Amour de loin" under the direction of Kent Nagano at the Salzburg Festival. The orchestra also performed Hans Zender's "Shir Hashirim" at the Salzburg Festival as well as the Berlin Festival and at the old Fankfurt opera. At the same locations in 2002, it played Helmut Lachenmann's opera "Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern” (The Little Match Girl). In April 2002 the world premiere of "Berlin: Sinfonie einer Großstadt" (Berlin – Symphony of a Big City) was performed at the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden and other locations in Germany and abroad. In 2003 a ‘Messiaen Special’ travelled from Lisbon, via Porto and Vienna, to Graz, where the three evening-filled orchestral works by Olivier Messiaen were performed on a weekend. In September 2003 the orchestra was in residence at the first RUHRtriennale, offering, among others, Olivier Messiaen’s six hour opera"St. Francois d’Assise" with a light installation by Ilya Kabakov.