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Latvian Winterfest

Christmas Music for Chorus by Latvian Composers

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release date: December 2012


Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra

Andrejs Janson

New York Latvian Concert Choir; RLB Chamber Choir "Austrums"; Youth Choir "Balsis"

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Albany Records




Total Time - 74:48
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Latvian Winterfest

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Christmas Eve

1 The Angel's Message 2:41
2 A Bridge 3:02
3 To a Refugee's Mother 2:17
4 Christmas Eve 3:43



Christmas Cantata

5 Libera me 1:59
6 Winter Came 3:40
7 Light the Torch 5:17
8 Blow, Blow, Northwind 3:58
9 Libera me, Domine 1:24



Winter Solstice Mystery

10 Prelude 1:32
11 Winterfest is Coming 3:27
12 Let us Dress in Foreign Garb 2:55
13 Slowly, Gently God Drove 2:45
14 Mummers are Freezing 2:12
15 White Snow Falls on Fir Branches 2:11
16 Mother Cat Lost Her Child 2:47
17 Little Fir Tree, Little Sister 1:45
18 Who is There, Rattling My Door? 1:00
19 Good Evening, Hostess 3:12
20 Mother, Where are Your Daughters? 4:26
21 Come Lads, Come Maidens 1:10
22 Mummers 3:45
23 Mummers Beg to Give Them Meat 3:09
24 Somewhere by the Roadsice 2:38
25 Dance, Peasant 4:14
26 Winterfest 3:39
 Andrejs Janson

Music has been a strong political, unifying force for the Latvian people. It rose slowly, out of folk songs, during the 700 years of oppression by Russian tsars and German overlords. Poetry and song, with their indirect and symbolic undertones, became an inside language — a way of passing on messages, revisiting legendary heroes and building confidence. Latvian composers have fused their folklore with contemporary trends and this recording is an example of this fusion. Cantatas for the Christmas season by three of Latvia’s most well-known composers are offered. Sung by the New York Latvian Concert Choir with the Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andrejs Jansons, the recording was made in Latvia in February, 2012. The New York Latvian Concert Choir was founded in 1975. Since the break up of the Soviet Union and the re-establishment of Latvia’s independence, the choir has regularly collaborated with choirs and soloists in Latvia. Its mission has been to keep alive and promote Latvian music within the Latvian communities of the U.S., Canada, Australia and elsewhere and to introduce these countries to Latvia’s ongoing cultural heritage.

"...The singing is bright, enthusiastic, and very much attuned to the folkloric dimensions of the music. The choir performs handsomely, with breezy, unassuming solo voices conveying the innocence and joy of everything they’re singing about. It’s all closely recorded, so nothing gets lost... If you’d fancy a "Christmas Around the World" experience this holiday season, here’s a passport and ticket."

Philip Greenfield - American Record Guide - November/December 2013

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