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Latvian Symphonic Music

Album Summary

>Smidbergs, Vilnis : Merry-Go-Round, for orchestra
>Esenvalds, Eriks : 4th Liepaja Concerto ("Visions of Arctic
>Vasks, Peteris : Symphony no 2
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Notes & Reviews:

With the classical music industry at risk of saturation by recordings of standard Western repertoire, there is a real thirst for music by composers whose work is yet to be discovered by the mainstream. The classical music of Latvia has been an untapped resource for too long, a state of affairs fast being rectified by the devoted work of the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, as represented by their exciting new Odradek Records release, Kurland Sounds.

Kurland Sounds brings together works by Latvia's most prominent contemporary composers. Pateris Vasks, whose style has drawn comparisons with Arvo Pärt, was commissioned to write his Symphony No.2 by the BBC and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and the work was premiered at the BBC Proms. Vilnis Šmadbergs paints musical pictures reflecting the fascinating shifts in Latvia's recent history, and ariks Ešenvalds was a recent composer-in-residence at Trinity College, Cambridge, where his visits to the university observatory inspired music of celestial beauty.

The Liepaja Symphony Orchestra is joined by clarinetist Ints Dalderis, one of the country's most celebrated musicians, leader of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra's clarinet section, and the official cultural advisor to Latvia's Prime Minister.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Liepaja Latvian Society Hall (01/29/2013-02/01/2013); Liepaja Latvian Society Hall (10/15/2012-10/18/2012).



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Works Details

>Smidbergs, Vilnis : Merry-Go-Round, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Atvars Lakstigala
  • Notes: Liepaja Latvian Society Hall (01/29/2013-02/01/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Esenvalds, Eriks : 4th Liepaja Concerto ("Visions of Arctic :: Night")
  • Performer: Ints Dalderis (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Atvars Lakstigala
  • Notes: Liepaja Latvian Society Hall (10/15/2012-10/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Vasks, Peteris : Symphony no 2
  • Conductor: Atvars Lakstigala
  • Notes: Liepaja Latvian Society Hall (01/29/2013-02/01/2013)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998-1999