Let's talk new music
How to find your own composing style, the challenge of choosing texts, culture under a Soviet regime, Latvia's 'singing revolution', the role of sacred music and the importance of music education are just some of the topics young Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds (above) covers in his Britten Sinfonia pre-concert talk which is now available as a podcast. The talk lasts for 30 minutes and there is an introduction by me followed by a discussion with Ēriks. The podcast takes a little while to load but is definitely worth waiting for. Very exciting things are happening musically in Latvia and this podcast gives us a rare opportunity to hear about them straight from one of the country's leading musical figures. Listen to the podcast here.
Read about Latvia's El Sistema here, my post-concert thoughts are here, and more of my podcasts are here including Pierre-Laurent Aimard discussing Elliott Carter and Tom Gould on Piazzola, Golijov and what it takes to get a Canadian audience to their feet.
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