Latvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova releases third album

Latvian accordionist Ksenija Sidorova has released her third album (and her major label debut on Deutsche Grammophon) entitled Carmen – a reimagining of the songs from Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen as performed by accordion.

Sidarova is joined by the ensemble Nuevo Mundo, Itamar Doari on percussion, Reentko Dirks on guitar, Michael Abramovich on piano, as well as the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sascha Goetzel.

As Sidorova notes, “…on this album my collaborators and I have brought our own Carmen fantasies to life, expressing our multicultural creative impulses in each number and refreshing Bizet’s original fusion with an exciting blend of Latino, oriental, European and North American spices.”

Ksenija will be performing throughout the summer, including stops at the Dzintari Concert Hall in Jūrmala, Latvia, the Mosel Music Festival in Mosel, Germany, the Verbier Festival in Verbier, Switzerland, and the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, in the United States.

For further information, please visit Ksenija Sidorova’s website at http://www.ksenijasidorova.com/

 

Track listing:

  1. Carmen’s Walk
  2. Seguidillas
  3. La Siesta
  4. Chanson bohème
  5. Love Song
  6. Soir mélancolique
  7. Sunrise Over Seville
  8. In the Cards
  9. La Fiesta
  10. The Other Woman
  11. Spanish Pride
  12. À la bohèmienne
  13. Date With Destiny
  14. Reflections
  15. Daybreak
  16. Toreador (Los Toreros)
  17. Carmen’s Shadow

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area who lives in Rīga, Latvia. When not working in the information technology field, he sings in the Latvian Academy of Culture mixed choir Sõla, does occasional translation work, and has been known to sing and play guitar at the Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs in Old Rīga. Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.

Another CD of Shostakovich’s symphonies released, conducted by Andris Nelsons

Following up on Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons’ Grammy Award winning first album of Dmitri Shostakovich’s symphonic music performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra – Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow – Symphony No. 10, the next volume in the series has been released – this time featuring Shostakovich’s symphonies 5, 8 and 9 (Deutsche Grammophon DG 479 5201).

The two CD set also includes the suite from the Incidental Music to “Hamlet”. All the works were recorded live at Symphony Hall in Boston.

The next release in the series is planned for 2017 and will contain Shostakovich’s symphonies 6 and 7. The goal is to record a complete cycle of Shostakovich 15 symphonies as well as the opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. According to Andris Nelsons’ website, he has signed an exclusive recording deal with Deutsche Grammophon, and his many forthcoming recording projects include a full Beethoven symphonic cycle, as well as Bruckner’s symphonies.

Nelsons would not be the first Latvian conductor to accomplish this feat – Mariss Jansons also recorded all of Shostakovich’s symphonies (though with different orchestras), and also won a Grammy Award for his performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in 2006.

For further information, please visit Andris Nelsons’ website.

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area who lives in Rīga, Latvia. When not working in the information technology field, he sings in the Latvian Academy of Culture mixed choir Sõla, does occasional translation work, and has been known to sing and play guitar at the Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs in Old Rīga. Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.

Chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga releases Vivaldi CD

Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi’s Le Quattro Stagioni (or The Four Seasons) is one of the most famous and popular works of the Baroque era, if not of all classical music. The four concertos, each signifying a season of the year, have now been recorded by the chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga and have been released on the album Gadalaiki (Latvijas Koncerti, LK 026, 2016).

In addition to the Seasons concertos, the album also includes three of Vivaldi’s sonatas for violin, cello and harpsichord – the Sonatas in A major (RV 31), C major (RV 1) and C minor (RV 6). The works are performed by Vineta Sareika (violin), Guna Šnē (cello) and Estonian Reinuts Teps (harpsichord).

The CD booklet includes notes on Vivaldi – not just biographical information about the Venetian, but also information about his music’s place in history and how his music had been largely forgotten for years and was rediscovered by scholars in the 20th century. The notes also include commentaries on the works themselves, and also include Vivaldi’s original poetic notes on each of the movements.

Sinfonietta Rīga, led by conductor and artistic director Normunds Šnē, will be participating in many festivals in the summer of 2016, including the Pärnu Music Festival, the Cēsis Art Festival, and the Salacgrīva International Classical Music Festival.

For further information, please visit the Sinfonietta Rīga website and the Latvian Concert Agency website.

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area who lives in Rīga, Latvia. When not working in the information technology field, he sings in the Latvian Academy of Culture mixed choir Sõla, does occasional translation work, and has been known to sing and play guitar at the Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs in Old Rīga. Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.