Concert broadcast week celebrates Capital of Culture

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Latvian Public Radio’s classical music Channel 3 (LR3-Klasika) launched Euroradio Week Monday by broadcasting the first of a series of recorded concerts meant to introduce radio listeners in more than 70 nations to the magic of Latvian music.

LR3’s celebration of Riga as Europe’s Capital of Culture is another key event promoting Latvian arts to the world.

Altogether five concert recordings and three live broadcasts of Latvian composers’ works performed by Latvia’s leading musicians, from jazz to ethno music will be offered to the many millions of international listeners, at first in at least 13 countries belonging to the Euroradio network.

“The Euroradio Week is Radio “Klasika’s” most important international contribution to the “Riga 2014” Programme. We are very pleased that all eight concerts, which not only feature the leading orchestras and acclaimed soloists of Latvia, but also include many works by Latvian composers and a number of premieres, present the music scene of our country in the best possible way and in a great variety of genres,” LR3-Klasika director Gunda Vaivode said.

The Euroradio Week program schedule can be viewed at the Riga2014 Euroradio page.

Listen below to Monday’s inaugural broadcast recording from the 11th Kremerata Baltica festival in Sigulda featuring the sisters violinist Baiba and pianist Lauma Skride with the hosting chamber orchestra performing works by Mozart, Schubert and Mussorgsky.

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