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Beethoven's Eroica, Carion and the LNSO
Wind quintet Carion (Denmark/Latvia) and the LNSO
Conductor Andris POGA
Director Dāvis SĪMANIS
Lighting design Oskars PAULIŅŠ
Andris DZENĪTIS, Brita BYSTRÖM, Anders NORDENTOFT New Work for Wind Quintet and Orchestra
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3
A unique new work and a symphony music classic in the same programme.
A trio of Latvian, Swedish, and Danish composers teamed up to create a new work for the energetic wind quintet Carion and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. The respective Latvian, Swedish and Danish representatives are one of country's top composers Andris Dzenītis, powerful Brita Byström, and vivacious Anders Nordentoft. Each is the author of a single movement. Andris Dzenītis' part Delta Returning is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way demonstration.
The Carion quintet is known for its exciting stage presence, always performing by heart and complementing music with choreography. Concert director is Dāvis Sīmanis, who has plenty of experience in directing LNSO's performances. Another team member is Oskars Pauliņš, one of most progressive and creative lighting designers.
The second part of the concert is Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, initially dedicated to the composer's adored contemporary Napoléon Bonaparte. Beethoven's genius noticed parallels in his own fate and that of the famous political leader. The composer may have even wanted to move to Paris, Europe's seat of power at the time. However, upon learning in May, 1804, that Napoléon would crown himself, Beethoven was so disappointed, even indignant about his idol turning into a tyrant, that he burst into rage (according to his assistant Ferdinand Ries) and tore the first page of the score, declaring the dedication void.