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The Light of Christmas: Latvian Cantatas of the Christmas Season / Laila Liepina Southard, soprano; Elina Seile, mezzo-soprano; Nauris Indzeris, baritone et al.

Album Summary

>Zilveris, Valdis : Zvaigznu gaisma (Starlit Christmas), cantata for chorus & orchestra
>Zemzaris, Ingmars : Imanuel, Tu augsais Dievs (Immanuel, O God Most High), Christmas cantata for soprano, mezzo-soprano,
>Rupaine, Ilona : Dievmates liliju darzs (Our Lady's Lily Garden), cantata for chorus & orchestra
>Lacis, Karlis : Christmas Cantata, for chorus & orchestra
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording continues the tradition of the New York Latvian Concert Choir soon after its founding in 1975 of commissioning cantatas for their annual holiday concerts. The music presented on this CD, all new works by Latvian composers, is written in a great variety of styles, uniting the worlds of Latvian folklore and Christianity--that of Valdis Zilveris is written in a romantic tradition with simple, memorable melodies; while Ingmars Zemzaris has used a neobaroque style; Ilona Rupaines' is much more complicated, intertwining folkloric and Christian worlds; and Karkis Lacis employs jazz harmonies but not jazz rhythms. This is the third recording of Latvian music for the Christmas season by the New York Latvian Concert Choir.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Riga Recording Studio, Riga, Latvia (01/02/2015/01/03/2015).



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>Zilveris, Valdis : Zvaigznu gaisma (Starlit Christmas), cantata for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Laila Liepina
  • Conductor: Ints Teterovskis
  • Ensemble: Youth Choir Balsis
  • Notes: Riga Recording Studio, Riga, Latvia (01/02/2015/01/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Zemzaris, Ingmars : Imanuel, Tu augsais Dievs (Immanuel, O God Most High), Christmas cantata for soprano, mezzo-soprano,
  • Conductor: Ints Teterovskis
  • Ensemble: Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Riga Recording Studio, Riga, Latvia (01/02/2015/01/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Rupaine, Ilona : Dievmates liliju darzs (Our Lady's Lily Garden), cantata for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Ints Teterovskis
  • Notes: Riga Recording Studio, Riga, Latvia (01/02/2015/01/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Lacis, Karlis : Christmas Cantata, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Ints Teterovskis
  • Notes: Riga Recording Studio, Riga, Latvia (01/02/2015/01/03/2015)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas