Vespers of Rachmaninov

Latvian Radio Choir
Tue 10 Oct / 20:15 - 21:55
Tue 10 Oct ’23
20:15 - 21:55
  • Tue 10 Oct ’23
    20:15 - 21:55
    Concertzaal, Den Haag

The Latvian Radio Choir, founded in 1940, is at the absolute top of the European professional chamber choirs. The ensemble is praised for its taste in musical material, refined expression and incredible vocal technique.

Programme

Henry Purcell/Sven David Sandstrom Hear my Prayer, O Lord
Valentin Silvestrov Two Spiritual Songs
Olivier Messiaen/Clytus Gottwald Louange à l’éternité de Jésus
Sergej Rachmaninov Vespers (All-Night Vigil) op. 37

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The choir dedicates itself to a wide repertoire from renaissance to contemporary. Mainly through its interpretation of modern choral music, the choir has made a name for itself and the reputation of a 'sound laboratory'. The choir's singers have specialized in special vocal skills, such as intonation of quarter tones and overtone singing, and regularly delve into the secrets of the ancient singing traditions of their native Latvia.

Since 1992, the Latvian Radio Choir has been led by two conductors: chief conductor and artistic director is Sigvards Klava, who is assisted by a second conductor, Kaspars Putnins. An important objective of the choir is to support Latvian composers, whom they want to present in their international performances all over the world. The choir was awarded the prize of the International Rostrum of Composers by the Unesco International Music Council for its recordings of compositions by Eriks Esenvalds, Kristaps Petersons and Martins Vilums. The CD recording of Arvo Pärts Adam's Lament received a Grammy award in 2014.

Ooievaarspas discount
Ooievaarspas holders are eligible for a discount on the ticket price for this concert. To book tickets, we need to see your Ooievaarspas for registration purposes. Please contact our booking office to book your tickets.

Cloakroom and drink
Cloakroom and an intermission drink are included. If the event does not have an intermission, you will receive the drink afterwards.

The Latvian Radio Choir has given concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Berlin, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Frauenkirche in Dresden, the Lincoln Center in New York and the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles. It was also invited by various international festivals. The choir has collaborated with many renowned guest conductors, such as Heinz Holliger, Tonu Kaljuste, Stephen Layton, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, James Wood, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel and Riccardo Chailly. The choir regularly makes CD recordings.