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Kaspars Putniņš Conductor Various countries

Kaspars Putniņš is permanent conductor of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1994. From the season 2014/15 he was appointed as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Since 2013 he is Conductor of the Tenso Europe Chamber Choir.

The Latvian conductor regularly appears with the RIAS Kammerchor, NDR Radio Choir Hamburg, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Swedish Radio Choir, Danish National Vocal Ensemble and Choir and Netherlands Radio Choir.

Whilst Kaspars Putniņš' work encompasses a wide range of choral repertoire from the polyphony of the Renaissance period through to romantic music, his foremost goal has always been to promote new outstanding choral music. He has forged close relationships with many Baltic and Nordic composers including, Maija Einfelde, Mārtiņš Viļums, Gundega Šmite, Toivo Tulev, Lasse Thoresen, Gavin Bryars and Andris Dzenitis and has set standards with his interpretations. Putniņš has initiated several drama projects in collaboration with visual and theatre artists.

His discography includes recordings of Peteris Vasks' Mate Saule for BIS Records, Jonathan Harvey's The Angels for Hyperion, works by Bryars, Vasks, Esenvalds, Maskats and Silvestrov, all with the Latvian Radio Choir as well as the CD New Latvian Harvest with contemporary Latvian music with the Latvian Radio Chamber Singers. He has also recorded Rachmaninov's The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom with the Flemish Radio Choir for Glossa. BIS Records released Rachmaninov Vespers with the Netherlands Chamber Choir.

In recent years, Putniņš has worked extensively with young singers and conductors in various projects and masterclasses, such as Bachakademie Stuttgart, Kurt Thomas course, Vocaal Talent and Meesters & Gezellen.

Kaspars Putniņš is recipient of the Latvian Grand Prix of Music and the Latvian Council of Ministers Award for Achievements in Culture and Science.

Season 2017/18

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News

Kaspars Putnins returns to Swedish Radio Choir

Kaspars Putnins returns to conduct the Swedish Radio Choir for an A cappella concert in Stockholm on 29 April with a programme featuring Schumann, Toshio Hosokawa and Jonathan Harvey.

Kaspars Putnins conducts French programme in Tallinn

Kaspars Putnins presents a programme with the Crème de la crème of the French choral music of the 19 and 20th century with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

in Tallinn on 20 February featuring works by Olivier Messiaen, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Jean-Yves Lesur and Gabriel Fauré.

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Kaspars Putniņš in Copenhagen

Kaspars Putniņš conducts the Danish National Vocal Ensemble in Copenhagen on 30 January and 1 February in two concerts. The programme contrasts Brahms’ Kanon op. 113, Schumann’s Die Lotusblume and Die Capelle with works by Guo Wenjing, Niels Gade, Toru Takemitsu and Toshio Hosokawa.

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Kaspars Putniņš on tour in China

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and its new chief conductor Kaspars Putniņš are on tour in China from 25 October to 1 November. The programme of the

four concerts in Peking, Shanghai, Xuzhou and Jinan includes works by Arvo Pärt, Cyrillus Kreek, Veljo Tormis and Claude Debussy.

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New recording of Rachmaninov's "All-night Vigil" under Kaspars Putniņš

Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš and the Netherlands Radio Choir have recorded Rachmaninov’s "All-Night Vigil" op. 37 for BIS Records: "A wonderful legato is unfold,

elegant, ruled lines, added by a closed vertical quality: it is impressive how compact and safe chordal effects are set…The recording is very compelling, especially in the elegant ability to fine difference (www.klassik.com, Matthias Lange, 31.05.2014).

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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Kaspars Putninš

Press

  • Kaspars Putnins and EPCC in New York celebrated

    Under Kaspars Putnins' direction, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir sang with a shimmering, warm blend of voices and easy mastery (...) and present and illuminated in the range of piano to mezzoforte.

    New York Classical Review, George Grella, 02.02.2017

  • CD with Rachmaninov's "All-Night Vigil" and the Netherlands Radio Choir

    Kaspars Putnins’ multi-hued Vespers interpretation, backed to the hilt by the tonal heft of the Netherlands Radop Choir’s 68 professional singers, evokes the intensity of Russian Orthodox worship. This outstanding release, recommended without conditions, is crowned with Rachmaninov’s little-known early sacred concerto, an impassioned hymn to Mary, Mother of God, The Theotokos.

    www.sinfinimusic.com, 15.05.2014

  • Traumsommernacht - A summer night's dream

    The ChorWerk Ruhr under the direction of the Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš presented works from romantic folk songs by Johannes Brahms (op.62) up to contemporary works including bizarre sounds and demanding rhythms. […] Highlight of the evening was by surprise the contemporary piece “Traumtänze” by Hans Schanderl. Opposing rhythms and a great amount of vocal tones required everything of the 28 singers – provoking enthusiasm within the audience.

    Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Anna Ernst, 30.07.2013

    ChorWerk Ruhr with their young and sensitiv voices carried the audience away to the land of yearning, the presentiments of death, the coolness of a night in the wood... Kaspars Putniņš was working for the first time with the ChorWerk Ruhr and one was assured of his qualities.

    Neue Ruhr/Neue Rhein Zeitung Essen, D. Schenk-Güllich, 31.07.2013

  • Rachmaninov: Vespers op. 37 at the Konzerthaus Berlin

    The great Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš made the multilayed colours of this 15-part chorus cycle shine without any Russian pathos. High, low, deep, mighty, delicate - all was set together astonishingly - magical for instance the high male voices accompanying with much caution the low, endlessly streaming and intimate alto solo.

    Berliner Zeitung, Peter Uehling, 19.02.2013

  • Nachtkonzert with the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir

    Kaspars Putniņš conducted the MDR Radio Choir's late night concert with a sense for space, for sound and for the abilities of this unique choir especially with this unique programme. Everybody who had the chance to listen to this concert had to rejoice because the highest form of musical sensuality was achieved.

    Leipziger Volkszeitung, 01/2012

Discography

Rachmaninov: All-Night Vigil op. 37 Netherlands Radio Choir
BIS Records (2014)
New Latvian Harvest Latvian Radio Chamber Singers
Latvijas Koncerti (2012)
Jonathan Harvey: The Angels Latvian Radio Choir
Hyperion (2011)
Silva Caledonia Gavin Bryars, Toivo Tulev
Estonian National Male Choir
GB Records (2009)
Glorious Hill Bryars, Vasks, Ešenvalds
Latvian Radio Choir
Latvijas Koncerti (2008)
Rachmaninov: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Flemish Radio Choir
Sarah Van Mol, Ivan Goossens
Glossa (2006)
On Photography Bryars, Maskats, Silvestrov
Latvian Radio Choir
Latvijas Koncerti (2005)
Mazulis: Cum Essem Parvulus Latvian Radio Chamber Singers
Megadisc Classic (2003)
Peteris Vasks: Mate Saule Latvian Radio Choir
Aivars Kalejs, organ
BIS (2001)