Concert of FMC season's opening, Riga,
25 September 2003
At autumn's Thursday's evening in the Folk music centre has opened already a
third educational season.
Dace Pruse - a "star" of the concert
The conductor of the concert Dace Pruse nicely and unchainedly talked
both with spectators and with performers, aptly joked, and, in general,
from conductor became a performer of the main role.
By first performed third year's psalterists: two girls and one lad.
First polka was played only by the girls - in two voices, with beautiful solos.
Unfortunately, psalteries were not tuned together. The second and the
third melodies played all the three "schoolchildren".
Singers sing together with the teacher
Second were "schoolgirls" (came only two) of traditional singing.
The first song, actually, sang the teacher - already mentioned Dace Pruse, and
the schoolgirls only tried to help. It seems, the song was not rehearsed -
the pupils did not know words. The second song started to sing one
of the schoolgirls, and it has sounded beautifully and confidently.
The third speciality - an accordion playing, was represented only by one girl,
who learned it very well in one year only.
Concert was varied by two ensembles. Auļi have played a similar
program, as some days ago on
the Hares' island, however, the impression was another: from a stage
on a meadow their music sounded absolutely differently, rather than in a
small hall. Actually, it was too loud, and maybe the group should think
about other manner of playing or instrumental staff, if a performance
passes in a small hall. Besides, sometimes it seemed, that the musicians
"lose" each other and played not together.
The first song of ensemble Visi vēji was pleasant, quiet, with
accompaniment of psaltery and with various sound effects. The second song was
too fast and nervous, it sounded like the performers tries to hunt down someone
or to escape from someone, but do not understand, whom they want to hunt down
and from whom they want to escape. The third song was a fast one too, but not so much;
in one couplet they made an artificial lengthening of notes, thus lovely words
("Why you, flower, cry?") having transformed in aggressive ones.
After the concert have begun dancings. There were a lot of musicians, and
the sound was good. The number of dancers was optimal: enough of dancers and
enough of free place.
Article: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš, 28 September 2003
Photos: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš