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VASKS, P.: Choral Music - Plainscapes / Our Mother's Names / Silent Songs (Latvian Radio Choir, Klava)

VASKS, P.: Choral Music - Plainscapes / Our Mother's Names / Silent Songs (Latvian Radio Choir, Klava)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2012


Artists:

Klava, Sigvards


Sigvards Klava

Conductor

Sigvards Klava

Soloist

Janis Kokins

Soloist

Texas All-State Women's Choir



Record Label
Ondine

Genre:

Choir


Classical

Total Time - 71:25
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VASKS, P.: Choral Music - Plainscapes / Our Mother's Names / Silent Songs (Latvian Radio Choir, Klava)

     
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PETERIS VASKS

1 

Ziles zina (The Message of the Titmouse)

9:34
 Sigvards Klava Conductor
     
 

KNUTS SKUJENIEKS

 

Klusas dziemas (silent songs)

 
2 I. Nosapi parsapi 3:38
 Sigvards Klava Conductor
     
 

PETERIS VASKS

3 II. Dusi dusi 1:36
 Sigvards Klava Conductor
     
4 III. Tris mezi 3:08
 Sigvards Klava Conductor
     
5 IV. Paldies tev vela saule 2:35
 Sigvards Klava Conductor
     
 

MARIS CAKLAIS

6 

Musu masu vardi (Our Mother’s Names)

12:32
 Sigvards Klava Conductor
     
 

PETERIS VASKS

7 

Skumja mate (Sad Mother)

3:35
 Sigvards Klava Conductor
     
8 

Vasara (Summer)

4:22
 Sigvards Klava Conductor
     
9 

Lidzenuma ainavas (Plainscapes)

16:41
 Sigvards Klava Soloist
     
10 

Mazi silti svetki (A Moment of Celebration)

1:27
 Sigvards Klava Conductor
     
11 

Piedzimsana (Birth)

12:17
 Janis Kokins Soloist
 Klava, Sigvards


This album presents a cross section of a cappella choral works by cult composer Peteris Vasks, performed by the acclaimed Latvian Radio Choir under the direction of Sigvards Klava.
 
Following on from their successful recording of liturgical Vasks compositions ("Beautifully performed, a rare outing for Vask’s choral music" - Gramophone) (OD 1106), the Latvian Radio Choir once again draws on the Baltic countries’ extraordinary choir music tradition, focusing here on secular repertoire.
 
The title piece on this album is Plainscapes, written in 2002 for mixed choir, solo violin (Sandis Šteinbergs) and solo cello (Guna Aboltina) on commission from violinist Gidon Kremer; meditating on the inspiring beauty of the Latvian lowlands, it uses vocalises to celebrate nature’s cyclic miracles. The Sad Mother (1980/91) and Summer (1978) are written for female choir. In Birth (2008) a mixed choir, together with a solo percussion (Janis Kokins), pays tribute to the sun as a symbol for life.
 
The present release features world premiere recordings of Our Mother’s Names (1977/2003), The Sad Mother (1980/91), Summer (1978), and Small, Warm Holiday (1988).
 
Ondine’s releases of Peteris Vasks’ music have garnered several awards, including a 2004 Cannes Classical Disc of the Year Award for the Second Symphony (OD 1005).

                      Performance ****     Recording ****

Hilary Finch - BBC Music magazine - December 2012


"...the most compelling piece is the album’s title-track, Plainscapes, an extended vocalise with string duo accompaniment, commissioned by Gidon Kremer in 2002. Although almost too harrowingly beautiful to listen to, I do recommend this magical piece, which together with its companions is performed with consummate perfection by this outstanding body of singers."

Malcolm Riley - Gramophone magazine - May 2012




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