Diāna Jance, “Latvijas Avīze”, JSC “Latvijas Mediji”
This year, one of the most outstanding Latvian baritones Samsons Izjumovs and conductor Imants Resnis, an insatiable Latvian music patriot, will receive the Grand Music Award for lifetime contribution. In addition, despite the many canceled and postponed concerts, according to the recordings listed on Latvian Radio, 2021 has been similar to other, more ordinary years – in total, listeners have been able to hear 140 different concerts on radio recordings.
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Convincingly high musical quality, outstanding performance combined with adaptability, risk-taking power, magnetic intelligence and virtuosity are just some of the reasons for the Grand Music Award (LMB) jury’s announcement of a limited face-to-face press meeting over the weekend.
The chairman of the LMB jury, conductor, musicologist and composer Andris Vecumnieks emphasized that when evaluating 2021, the notation “new” should be emphasized – new composers, new concert venues, new performers, new concert organizers and new winds in the music market have appeared. Concert life has been so intense that for the moment there are as many as 20 valuable concerts in various cities of the country on weekends.
This year, the jury has not distinguished between live and online concerts, they are judged according to common professional criteria. Although the representatives of the jury emphasized that classical music sounds better live, while contemporary compositions can also be enjoyed online, the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra has been nominated for outstanding performance in the cycle of online concerts. In the words of the jury, “the benchmark for what an online concert should be like”.
As for one of the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award – conductor Imants Resni – the jury did not evaluate only the direct duties of the conductor, the justification emphasizes that the conductor is an extraordinary personality full of work, which is so often lacking in Latvian culture.
It should be added that Imants Resnis has been one of the initiators who called for the establishment of acoustic concert halls in Rēzekne, Liepāja and Ventspils.
The second prize for lifetime achievement will honor the soloist of the Latvian National Opera Samsons Izjumovs, whose artist’s life is a vivid contribution to Latvian music culture for more than 40 years. “Opera lovers keep coming to the shows to listen to the artist.”
Koklika Līga Griķe, singer Edgars Ošleja and flutist Egija Sproģe have been nominated in the category “Young Artist of the Year”. The “concert of the year” is the contemporary music festival “deciBels”, the online concert “A-Ronne”, the concert “Amao Omi /” Nonsense War “and the concert of the festival” Windstream “” Cathedral and Rock “.
The ensemble of the State Chamber Orchestra “Sinfonietta Rīga”, singer Jānis Šipkēvics and violinist Georgs Sarkisjans have been nominated for the award “For Outstanding Interpretation”. Latvian Radio Big Band, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra and organist Aigars Reinis were nominated for “Outstanding Performance throughout the Year”.
“For outstanding work in the ensemble” – cellist Margarita Balanas, pianist Elīna Bērtiņa and double bassist Jānis Rubiks. The composers Krists Auznieks, Jēkabs Jančevskis and Anna Ķirse are applying for the “Composer of the Year” award. But to the title of “Performance of the Year” – the multimedia mono “The Voice of the Man. Telefons ”, audiovisual concert performance“ On the Shore ”and Imants Kalniņš’s opera“ Matīss, Cup Bajārs ”.