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Latvian Winterfest: Cantatas of the Christmas Season

Audio Samples

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Ziemassvetku vakara (Christmas Eve), cantata for mixed choir, soloists & chamber orchestra
>Puce, Valts : Christmas Cantata for alto, mixed choir & chamber orchestra
>Kalnins, Aldonis : Ziemassvetku misterija (Winter Solstice Mystery), cantata for soloists, mixed choir & chamber orches

Album Summary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Ziemassvetku vakara (Christmas Eve), cantata for mixed choir, soloists & chamber orchestra
>Puce, Valts : Christmas Cantata for alto, mixed choir & chamber orchestra
>Kalnins, Aldonis : Ziemassvetku misterija (Winter Solstice Mystery), cantata for soloists, mixed choir & chamber orches
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
The spirit of John Rutter is alive and well in the Baltic states. It's a short, sweet table-setter for what's to come. Valts Puce's cantata for alto, mixed choir, and chamber orchestra is meatier, with an emotional 'Libera me'. He captures the spirit of a nation giving itself over to Christmas in a charming and evocative way. 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. Translations are included. If you'd fancy a "Christmas Around the World" experience this holiday season, here's a passport and ticket.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Riga Recording Studio, Latvia (02/24/2012-02/25/2012).



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Works Details

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Ziemassvetku vakara (Christmas Eve), cantata for mixed choir, soloists & chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrejs Jansons
  • Ensemble: Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Riga Recording Studio, Latvia (02/24/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Puce, Valts : Christmas Cantata for alto, mixed choir & chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrejs Jansons
  • Ensemble: New York Ltvian Concert Choic
  • Notes: Riga Recording Studio, Latvia (02/24/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Kalnins, Aldonis : Ziemassvetku misterija (Winter Solstice Mystery), cantata for soloists, mixed choir & chamber orches
  • Conductor: Andrejs Jansons
  • Ensemble: Youth Choi "Basis"
  • Notes: Riga Recording Studio, Latvia (02/24/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 44 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio