Kremerata Baltica's Cēsis weekend 2020

In October 2020 we traveled to Cēsis to perform three concerts with three very different programs. 

For our first concert we had a huge pleasure to be joined by an increadible Latvian actor Gundars Āboliņš who helped us to being to life a program for children called "Animal Harmonics". 

The idea of “Animal Harmonics” was born in 2010 of Gidon Kremer’s wish to bring classical music closer to children. The music resounds in narrative and playful way for children’s understanding and their own world of discoveries.

The musicians of this project are chosen to take care of the musical realization. The classical music is involved here in fairytales, in many animals with their characteristic tone sounds that are represented by excerpts from works of various composers – this is the musical core of the project’s concept. Animal figures, well known in the literature (The Nightingale, Babar the Elephant and Ferdinand the Bull) are portrayed musically.

Our seccond concert featured Vivaldi's Seasons with the soloist Kristīne Balanas as well as performances by Džeraldas Bidva and Marija Fedotova of pieces by Giacomo Puccini, Giya Kancheli and Sergey Akhunov.

You can listen to the live concert recording now.

The third concert was performed by our vibraphonist Andrei Pushkarev who, together with the pianist Agnese Egliņa performed his own arrangement of  Prokofiev's Visions fugitives (“Мимолётности”). As a virtuoso vibrophonist, Andrei Pushkarev regularly creates solo programs, arranges and writes his own music for this instrument. For the Prokofiev's Piano Cycle he has created a new version - for piano and vibraphone, in which we looks at the familiar cycle from the point of view of jazz. 

You can listen to a full concert of Andrei Pushkarev andt Agnese Egliņa now.

Photos by Matīss Markovskis and Anete Rūķe.