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Februrary 2004

Iveta Apkalna, Award Winner

by admin, Februrary 2004

July 2005 P R E S S R E L E A S E Iveta Apkalna, concert organist from Riga/Latvia has just been awarded with one of the most prestigious prizes for classical music in Europe and the world, the Germany-based “ECHO-Klassik”.Iveta Apkalna is receiving the award in the category “Instrumentalist of the Year” together with a.o. Anne Sophie Mutter (violin) and Helene Grimaud (piano).Since its foundation in 1994 the “ECHO-Klassik, Instrumentalist of the Year” had never gone to an organist.Iveta, who was as a 16-year-old officially nominated organist during pope John Paul II’s visit to Latvia in 1993 and accompanied the Pope’s mass in Anglona is nowadays trying to free the organ from being considered a church instrument only. She is striving for a renaissance of the “Queen of Instruments” and wants a broad public to perceive organ also as a normal concert instrument in concert halls and philharmonies.As Naji Hakim says: ” A noble popular intention is in the heart of this admirable and most respectable artist of the organ scene.” (The Gramophone, March 2005). Iveta Apkalna is awarded the “ECHO” for her latest CD with the title “Himmel & Hoelle” (Edition Hera, HER2117), recorded on the Rieger-organ of St. Martin´s church in Wangen/Allgau, Germany. The awarding will be live-broadcast on German TV channel “ZDF”, October 16th, 2005. More Info: Winners of the ECHO award (in German) Lukas Pollack, Germany, concert management and public relations Iveta Apkalna lpollack@gmx.net November 2004 Samples (MP3): Aivars Kalejs: Toccata über den Choral von J. S. Bach “Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr” Franz Liszt: Legende Nr. 1: Die Vogelpredigt des Hl.Franziskus von Assisi, Transkr. G. Berger  Petr Eben: Walpurgisnacht, VIII aus dem Faust – Zyklus Sergej Prokofjew: Toccata, op. 11, Transkr. von Jean Guillou  Sergej Prokofjew: Marsch aus der Oper “Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen” op. 33, Transkr. von Jean Guillou Seventy-two minutes of sacred & sorcery pieces are presented on Iveta Apkalna’s latest CD “Himmel und Hölle” (Heaven & Hell) produced by the German label “Edition Hera”, recorded on the splendid German/French romantic Rieger organ of St. Martin’s church in Wangen/Allgäu (Germany) from 1987. This production is marking due to the outstanding quality of the performing artist and due to the exceptional capacity of its sound engineer and producer Ralph Kulling a fixed star in the universe of organ CDs. Iveta Apkalna presents pieces that have hardly or never been performed (3 world premier recordings) displaying and mastering a repertoire on this CD in total which is setting a new scale for performers on the “Queen of Instruments” worldwide.Two of the most tricky and demanding pieces in organ literature, Reger’s transcription of Liszt’s second piano legend “St. Francis of Paula walking on the waves” and Sergej Prokfjew’s legendary “Toccata op. 11” transcribed by Jean Guillou are included and realized by Apkalna with stunning skill. Even more astounding and breathtaking are the Latvian star-organist’s interpretations of two mere pedal pieces, Hakim’s “Quatre Etudes-Caprices” and Thalben-Ball’s “Variations on a theme of Paganini”. As a consequence of this, one of Germany’s most observed printed publications in classical music, the “Klassikmagazin Crescendo” did not hesitate to draw public attention towards the organ’s most remarkable shooting star in ages by making Iveta Apkalna the cover-story of their actual December/Christmas issue. Iveta’s CDs are distributed in the US by Albany Music Distributors 915 Broadway Albany, NY 12207 tel: 518-436-8814 fax: 518-436-0643 and can be purchased here: ArkivMusic LLC – The Source for Classical Recordings 360 W 55 ST New York NY 10019 212 586 1504 518 692 1133 Lukas Pollack, Germany, concert management and public relations Iveta Apkalna lpollack@gmx.net July...

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