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Plakidis: Music for String Orchestra

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Nornmunds Sne


Antra Bigaca

mezzo-soprano

Uldis Urbans

oboe

Vilnis Pelnens

oboe

Peteris Plakidis

piano

Andris Pauls

violin

Dzintars Beitans

violin

Riga Chamber Players



Venue:

Reformation Church, Riga



Producer:

Karlis Pinnis


Martin Anderson

(Executive)

Engineer:

Karlis Pinnis



Record Label
Toccata

Genre:

Piano


Chamber

Total Time - 59:52
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PETERIS PLAKIDIS

   
1 

Music for Piano, Strings and Timpani (1969)

21:14
 Peteris Plakidis piano
 

Songs for the Wind and Blood (1991)

10:58  
2 'No one enters this forest' 4:26
3 'The dark waters of blood are flowing' 3:21
4 'Take me, o wind' 3:11
 Antra Bigaca mezzo-soprano
5 

Concerto for Two Oboes and Strings (1982)

10:59
 Uldis Urbans oboe
 Vilnis Pelnens oboe
6 

Concerto-Ballad for Two Violins, Piano and Strings (1984)

16:41
 Andris Pauls violin
 Dzintars Beitans violin
 Nornmunds Sne
  12-16 February 1999  


The music of Peteris Plakidis, born in 1947, is rooted in the melodic character of Latvian folk-music, which imbues all his works with a remarkable strength and beauty. Renaissance and Baroque polyphony and forms, such as fugue, chaconne, canon and variation, provide the strong internal organisation that binds together a remarkable and moving synthesis of disparate elements. Although Plakidis shares some points of contact with the ‘Holy Mystics’ among other Baltic composers, such as Arvo Pärt and Peteris Vasks, his own music evokes the meditative power of nature and the distinct character of his Latvian roots. From these four works a unique voice emerges, a musical personality full of harmonic warmth, rhythmic excitement and dramatic lyricism.
 

‘...Gratifyingly assertive and gritty recording… Toccata are to be applauded for this refreshing and challenging collection.’ 

Rob Barnett

MusicWeb - June 2007

‘exciting... [… I was] struck by the depth of passionate feeling running through both the music and the performances’

Rick Jones

New Statesman - 9 July 2007

‘...This is a CD that provides an excellent introduction to an ingenious composer deserving of attention.’

Patrick Standford

Music & Vision Daily - 10 May 2008

"...All the performances here are committed and gutsy, aided by close, analytical sound. In addition, Plakidis himself is the pianist in the Music for Piano, Strings, and Timpani, giving the recording an added authority. Essential listening for anyone with a penchant for Bartók, this disc proves an exciting discovery."

Phillip Scott
 

Fanfare - November/December 2007

"... With excellent performances throughout, this is a real discovery."

Guy Rickards

Gramophone - Awards Issue 2007



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