Riga Historical

Music and Dance Festival

Explore Riga and its’ musical treasures

1st of August – 3rd of September, 2020 | RĪGA, Latvia

The Riga Historical Music and Dance Festival is a beautiful element of the cultural scene in Riga, Latvia and the entire Baltic region that is becoming more and more ambitious with each new edition. Every year, it delights more than 5000 listeners and masterclass participants in various significant historical concert venues throughout the city with performances by some of the most lauded chamber music ensembles, vivid productions of historical operas, refined court music and dances, and riches from our own legacy of 16th- to 18th-century music composed within the borders of present-day Latvia.

The Riga Historical Music and Dance Festival is like a home to which both audiences and musicians gladly return to regain inner harmony, stock up on energy and at least for a moment step back into the highly cultured and decorous court life of the Baroque era. But what is perhaps most important and surprising is the realisation of how much there is still to discover, so many seemingly familiar things that we can look at with fresh eyes and from a historically-informed viewpoint. All of the festival concerts are performed on period instruments or replicas thereof, and the singers have mastered Baroque vocal technique and ornamentation, thus extinguishing any myths of early music as old-fashioned. Quite the contrary, thanks to the Riga Historical Music and Dance Festival, Riga and Latvia have become one of the most important centres of early music in Europe.

To date, the festival has hosted interpreters of early music from more then ten different countries around the world, including recorder virtuoso Erik Bosgraaf; bassoonist Alberto Grazzi; historical keyboard specialists Gertruda Jerjomenko, Liene Madern-Stradiņa, Ernests Neimanis, Minyoung Kim and David Shemer; theorbist Mauro Pinciaroli; sopranos Heather Newhouse, Elīna Šimkus and Ilze Grēvele-Skaraine; countertenor Sergejs Jēgers; harpsichordist Vilimas Norkūnas; traverso flute virtuoso Maija Kļaviņa; the Stadt-Hautboisten Riga historical woodwind ensemble; the early music ensembles TutzFrequenz, Beggar’s Ensemble, Neymann Ensemble and BarrocoTout; the Baroque orchestra Collegium Musicum Riga; the Baroque choir Collegium Choro Musici Riga; conductor Franck-Emmanuel Comte and many more. Artistic director of the festival – conductor Māris Kupčs.

PROGRAM OF YEAR 2020

01.08.2020. 16:00 RKTMC “Mazā ģilde” (Amatu iela 5, Rīga)

APGAISMĪBAS LAIKMETA KLAVIERMŪZIKA

Varvara MANUKYAN (pianoforte, Germany), baroque orchestra COLLEGIUM MUSICUM RIGA

Program:
Vincenzo Manfredini (1737-1799)
Johann Gottlieb Naumann (1741-1801)
Ignaz Josef Pleyel (1757-1831)

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06.08.2020. 20:00 Rīgas Sv. Marijas Magdalēnas baznīca (Klostera iela 2, Rīga)

CHIARA E LUCENTE STELLA

Alina ROTARU (harpsichord, Lithuania/Germany)

Program:
The program „Chiara e lucente stella“ is the result of Alina Rotaru’s artistic work in 2019, which has been supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture. The goal was to re-discover the historical keyboard literature of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the 17th Century. Most of the musical works that you will listen here today have never been performed or published. This program will present works of the Kražiai and Königsberg manuscripts, Braunsberg/Oliva, Pelpin and Düben tablatures, and of the Sapieha Album. Next to unknown authors, there will be also works by Petrus de Drusina, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Jakob Meiland, Orazio Vecchi, Orlando di Lasso, Hans Leo and Caspar Hassler, and Paul Siefert.

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08.08.2020. 16:00 RKTMC “Mazā ģilde” (Amatu iela 5, Rīga)

MUSIQUE POUR LA CHAMBRE DU ROI

Kevin BOURDAT (viola da gamba, France), Maija KĻAVIŅA (traverso), Gertruda JERJOMENKO (harpsichord)

Program:
Jacques Hotteterre (1674-1763)
Marin Marais (1656-1728)
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Antoine Forqueray (1672-1745)

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Koncertcikls

MUZIKĀLAIS CEĻOJUMS UZ SENO RĪGU

https://www.rigassvetki.lv

14.08.2020. 16:00 RKTMC “Mazā ģilde” (Amatu iela 5, Rīga)

J.S. BAHA AGRĪNĀS KANTĀTES

Ilze GRĒVELE-SKARAINE (soprano), Mikus ABARONIŅŠ (countertenor), Ansis BĒTIŅŠ (tenor), Remigijus SABALIAUSKAS (baritone, Lithuania), baroque orchestra COLLEGIUM MUSICUM RIGA, conductor Māris KUPČS

Program:
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Cantatas: BWV 4, BWV 106, BWV 150

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14.08.2020. 18:30 RKTMC “Mazā ģilde” (Amatu iela 5, Rīga)

DĪTRIHS BUKSTEHŪDE

Elīna ŠIMKUS (soprano), Agnese KANNIŅA (baroque violin), Laura ŠAROVA (baroque violin), Kevin BOURDAT (viola da gamba, France), Mauro PINCIAROLI (theorbo, Italy), Māris KUPČS (harpsichord)

Program:
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

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15.08.2020. 12:00 RKTMC “Mazā ģilde” (Amatu iela 5, Rīga)

L’ANIMA DELLA DONNA

Ieva PĻAVIŅA (soprano), Anete VIĻUMA (soprano), Māra BOTMANE (baroque cello), Gertruda JERJOMENKO (harpsichord)

Program:
Francesca Caccini (1587-1640)
Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677)
Antonia Bembo (1640-1720)
Vittoria Aleotti (1575-1620)
Maria Francesca Nascinbeni (1658-1680)
etc.

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15.08.2020. 16:00 RKTMC “Mazā ģilde” (Amatu iela 5, Rīga)

HARMONISKĀ FRANČU UN ITĀĻU DIVKAUJA

Imbi TARUM (harpsichord, Estonia)

Program:
During baroque time two different  artistic temperaments and practices reigned – the Italians leant towards to the world of passion and the French towards the world of reason and moderation. French musicians aimed to thrill the senses via the intellect, with sensory perceptions serving comprehension, while the Italians focused on the direct expression of emotions via flamboyant, virtuoso vocals and instrumentation. France saw dance as the epitome of aristocratic art, and the consummate expression of the mastery of body and mind. The permanent search for grace and elegance (i.e. good taste) was typically French, whereas Italians express tremselves with passionate turbulence and contrast. Instrumental music in France distinguished itself from Italy by its focus on musical declamation, ornamentation and eloquent restraint. The music tended to suggest rather than state, depicting attitudes rather than passion. Miniature was preferred to large-scale, titles were evocative, some attributed to famous figures.

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15.08.2020. 20:00 RKTMC “Mazā ģilde” (Amatu iela 5, Rīga)

BAHS. BOSGRĀFS. COLLEGIUM MUSICUM RIGA

Erik BOSGRAAF (recorder, the Netherlands), baroque orchestra COLLEGIUM MUSICUM RIGA

Program:
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

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16.08.2020. 14:00 Rīgas Doma dārzs (Herdera iela 6, Rīga)

HAUTBOIS ET ROSSIGNOL

STADT-HAUTBOISTEN RIGA historical woodwind ensemble:
Kristīne KUPČA (baroque oboe), Dmitrijs MAKSIMOVS (baroque oboe), Ieva NĪMANE (baroque oboe, recorder), Elīna VIKRIĶE (baroque bassoon), Andris ARNICĀNS (baroque bassoon), Māris KUPČS (harpsichord)

Program:
Thomas Morley (1557?–1602)
Michael Praetorius (1571–1621)
Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer (1656-1746)
Jean – Lois Lully (1667-1688)
etc.

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16.08.2020. 16:00 Rīgas Doma dārzs (Herdera iela 6, Rīga)

KLAUDIO MONTEVERDI “TANKRĒDA UN KLORINDAS DIVKAUJA” (1638) un DŽAKOMO KARISSIMI “JEFTE” (~1648)

Ilze GRĒVELE-SKARAINE (soprano), Monta MARTINSONE (soprano), Ansis BĒTIŅŠ (tenor), Edgars SKARBULIS (bass), baroque orchestra COLLEGIUM MUSICUM RIGA, baroque choir COLLEGIUM CHORO MUSICI RIGA, conductor Māris KUPČS.
Jeļena FORSTE (historical costumes artist)

Plot:
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643). Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (“Tankrēda un Klorindas divkauja”)
At a time when Crusader troops heroically defend the kingdom of Jerusalem, the knight falls in love with the Saracen princess. It is even more foolish to fall in love with a woman who, dressed in knight’s armor, fights invincibly against crusaders and is at the forefront of the best warriors. Tancredi’s love does not allow him to accept Clorinda’s challenge to the duel, and only the accidental encounter in the dark is once fatal – Tancredi does not recognize Clorinda, accepts the challenge, and as a result of a long-lasting combat, Clorinda is killed in the chest. Only after that desperate Tancredi finds out his irreversible mistake, but it is too late. Love, which turns out to be mutual, is not destined to come true. Clorinda dies.

Giacomo Carissimi (1605-1674). Jephte (“Jefte”)
The Israelis must prevent an Ammon attack that can prove to be fatal. Managing the struggle against the Ammon was entrusted to Jephte, a brave soldier. He promised Jehovah, “If you help us win this battle, I’ll give you the first one coming out of my home to expect me to come back.” Jehovah listened to Jephte’s request and helped him win.
When Jephte came home, his daughter – his only child – came out in front of him. She danced and played tambourine. How will Jephte act? Remembering his promise, he exclaimed, “Oh no, my daughter! You break my heart! I made a promise to God. I have to keep it! But Jephte’s daughter said, “Father, if you have promised God, you have to do it. Just allow me to spend two more months in the mountains with my friends. Then I would obey my destiny.

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16.08.2020. 18:00 Rīgas Doma dārzs (Herdera iela 6, Rīga)

F. FRANKĒRA / F. REBELA HEROISKĀ PASTORĀLE “ISMÉNE”

Ilze GRĒVELE-SKARAINE (soprano), Monta MARTINSONE (soprano), Ansis BĒTIŅŠ (tenor), baroque orchestra COLLEGIUM MUSICUM RIGA, baroque choir COLLEGIUM CHORO MUSICI RIGA, conductor Māris KUPČS.
Jeļena FORSTE (historical costumes artist)

Plot:
Oh, this Daphnis, whose heart is full of love for beautiful Ismène. The flowers in the meadow, the mountain stream and the air to breathe are full of his love. The good friend Cloé also feels the flames of love sparkling in the hearts of Daphnis and Ismène. But what will Oracle say? Will Gods allow both lovers enjoy the pleasures of love? Maybe Daphni’s story of the shepherd and the beautiful nymph who loves each other will make Ismène’s heart beat faster and increase magic between the two, or will they remain as beautiful images in a vicious fairy tale? However, the feelings of both are so real that Oralus does not resist them to feel the most beautiful of the pleasures – love.

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16.08.2020. 20:00 Rīgas Doma dārzs (Herdera iela 6, Rīga)

LIESMOJOŠĀ ROZE, ZEMES ROTĀJUMS

Anete VIĻUMA (soprano), Maija KĻAVIŅA (traverso), Gertruda JERJOMENKO (harpsichord)

Program:
Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695–1764)
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755)
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)
Johann Gottfried Müthel (1728-1788)
etc.

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22.08.2020. 20:00 Rīgas Sv. Marijas Magdalēnas baznīca (Klostera iela 2, Rīga)

VIAGGIO BERTALI E CAVALLI

NEYMANN ENSEMBLE early music ensemble (Latvia, Austria, Italy):
Laura ŠAROVA (baroque violin), Maija ANDERSONE (baroque violin), Elīna VIDRIĶE (dulcian), Maria DANNEBERG (viola da gamba), Mauro PINCIAROLI (theorbo), Ernests NEIMANIS (harpsichord), Ansis BĒTIŅŠ (tenor)

Program:
Antonio Bertali (1605-1669)
Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)

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29.08.2020. 20:00 Rīgas Sv. Marijas Magdalēnas baznīca (Klostera iela 2, Rīga)

JAUNO TALANTU KONCERTS

Students of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music / Early music department

Program:
Daniel Purcell (1664-1717)
Gottfried Keller (c.1655-1704)
Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)
Thomas Campian (1567-1620)
etc.

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03.09.2020. 16:00 RKTMC “Mazā ģilde” (Amatu iela 5, Rīga)

MOCARTA KAMERMŪZIKA

Monta MARTINSONE (soprano), Maija KĻAVIŅA (traverso), Gertruda JERJOMENKO (pianoforte)

Program:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Johann Gottfried Müthel (1728 – 1788)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 – 1788)

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