Solo & Duo
Music by E. Ysaye and story by S. Kalniete
Music by Eugene Ysaye (1858-1931) & Excerpts from Book “With Dance Shoes in Siberian Snows” by Sandra Kalniete (1952*)
Harmonie du Soir Op.31 for string quartet and string orchestra
Chant d’Hiver Op.15 for violin and orchestra
Poeme Extase Op.21 for violin and orchestra
Berceuse Op.20 for violin and orchestra
Reve d’enfant Op.14 for violin and orchestra
Poeme de l’Exil Op.25 for four violins and 2 violas
Poeme Amitie Op.26 for two violins and orchestra
Neige d’Antan Op.23 for violin and orchestra
In 2014 it finally returned to Latvia.
Janis Kalnins, son of Alfreds Kalnins (composer of the first Latvian national opera „Banuta“/1919), was a conductor and composer of Latvian origin. He was a student of Jazeps Vitols (composition) in Riga and of Hermann Abendroth and Leo Blech (conducting) in Berlin as well as Erich Kleiber in Salzburg.
The violin concerto was written in Germany in 1945.
The 1st movement is dated „Sierksdorf bei Haffkrug. 1945 g.“
The 2nd movement is dated „Burg Fehmarn April 1945 g.“
The world premiere of this violin concerto was performed in Germany in 1948 by violinist Janis Kalejs, composer and conductor Janis Kalnins and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lübeck. The 2nd performance was in Canada in 1962. Afterwards the score disappeared for around 50 years.
But fortunately, it could be found and reconstructed. In 2014 young Latvian violinist Laura Zarina performed this concerto in Latvia for the first time ever.
Laura Zarina sees herself as an ambassador for this piece: a violin concerto influenced by European culture and filled with Latvian passion.