LSO Commences Amber Sound Starlight Series with Hungarian Dances
“Hot-blooded Hungarian passion will be our autumn present to the audience,” the director of the LSO Uldis Lipskis comments the repertoire selection. “In this “Amber Sound Starlight” concert we will meet a splendid musician and one of the orchestra’s passionate hearts – flutist Anita Barlote who aptly represents our ideal of the orchestra sound. She is a perfectionist in her profession but is equally passionate about the soul of music – every bar she plays is filled with music and every sound is shaped with perfection and meaning.”
The assistant principal flute of the LSO Anita Barlote has been a member of various orchestras since the age of 15 and as a soloist has appeared with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Amber Sound Orchestra, Concertante orchestra, New Riga Chamber Orchestra and Liepaja Chamber Orchestra. She has performed under the baton of Valery Gergiev as a member of the Moscow Easter Festival Orchestra and toured Germany, Spain and Russia with various ensembles and orchestras.
The audience will have an opportunity to hear Anita’s rendition of the “Hungarian Fantasy” by the flute virtuoso and composer Franz Doppler. “I have always dreamed to perform this concerto; it is a typical virtuoso piece of the romantic period – temperamental, fiery and passionate,” says flutist Anita Barlote.
Under the baton of the prominent Norwegian conductor Bjarte Engeset the LSO will also perform the “Hungarian Dances” and the First Symphony by the German composer Johannes Brahms. The conductor has vast experience (over 20 years) of artistic leadership and is a passionate chess player – Bjarte Engeset collaborated with the LSO for the first time two and a half years ago in Tallinn in the first concert of Tallinn as the culture capital of Europe.
Bjarte Engeset comments the upcoming concert: “The programme is focused on Brahms – one of my favourite composers. His four symphonies are like four stages of life or four seasons. We will perform the first one – the most stormy and youthful. Elements of Hungarian music are often present in Brahms’s works and we will experience these magical folk music bits through the wonderful Dvorak’s orchestrations of Brahms’s 5 Hungarian dances. The virtuosic solo piece of our programme is also Hungarian-themed – it is truly virtuosic and poetic music. I am a flutist myself and have played this piece a very long time ago.”