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Andris Dzenitis "Mara" ( 27/09/2018 )

New work “Māra” for simphony orchestra  by Latvian composer Andris Dzenītis will be premiered in Leipzig, Germany, next Thursday, 4th of October.

Commissioned by the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and Boston Symphony Orchestra, it will be premiered in Leipzig Gewandhaus by the Gewandhausorchester and conductor Andris Nelsons. On 13th of October “Māra” will be performed in Latvian National opera, and on 16th of October in Liepāja concert hall “Great Amber”.

Andris about his work:
The triad is central to the archaic Latvian mythology: the highest, immaterial power, the God, and two of its manifestations in the wordly realm – Laima and Māra. Māra manifests in different ways. We encounter her in every step we take, whenever we see, hear, smell, touch, or feel. She is in charge of birth and death, of the matter and substance of the world, space, both the tangible and the evanescent. Air and water. Dewy meadows and mould. A mystery. The energy that comes into being and leads to its own destruction. The beginning and the end.
In the composition I reflect on the manifestations of Māra both in a sacral - mythological, and a graphic sense: by tracing different meanders and line segments characteristic of Māra symbolic signs in the facture and sounds.

I want to use sound to let the power of Latvian mythological signs reach every corner no matter where the piece will be performed. This is the musical encoding of my personal understanding of what it means to be Latvian. The work is dedicated to my coeval, the great conductor Andris Nelsons.”

Andris Dzenītis: Love is stronger ( 06/02/2018 )

On the 27th of January, Andris Dzenītis' symphony Mīlestība ir stiprāka (
Love is Stronger) premiered at Liepāja's Great Amber concert hall. The symphony was comissioned and performed by the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of Guntis Kuzma. Read a review of Andris Dzenītis' symphony here.

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