Peteris Vasks: Plainscapes / Sigvards Kjava, Latvian Radio Choir

> Ziles zina (The Message of the Titmouse) - Ziles zina (The Message of the Titmouse)
> Klusas dziemas (silent songs) - I. Nosapi parsapi
> Klusas dziemas (silent songs) - II. Dusi dusi
> Klusas dziemas (silent songs) - III. Tris mezi
> Klusas dziemas (silent songs) - IV. Paldies tev vela saule
> Musu masu vardi (Our Mother’s Names) - Musu masu vardi (Our Mother’s Names)
> Skumja mate (Sad Mother) - Skumja mate (Sad Mother)
> Vasara (Summer) - Vasara (Summer)
> Lidzenuma ainavas (Plainscapes) - Lidzenuma ainavas (Plainscapes)
> Mazi silti svetki (A Moment of Celebration) - Mazi silti svetki (A Moment of Celebration)
> Piedzimsana (Birth) - Piedzimsana (Birth)

Album Summary

>Vasks, Peteris : Ziles zina (The Message of the Titmouse), for chorus
>Vasks, Peteris : Klusas dziesmas (Silent Songs), for chorus
>Vasks, Peteris : Musu masu vardi (Our Mother's Names), for chorus
>Vasks, Peteris : Skumja mate (The Sad Mother), for female chorus
>Vasks, Peteris : Vasara (Summer), for female chorus
>Vasks, Peteris : Lidzenuma ainavas (Plainscapes), for chorus, violin & cello
>Vasks, Peteris : Mazi, silti svetki (Small, Warm Holiday), for female chorus
>Vasks, Peteris : Piedzimsana, for chorus & percussion
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This CD presents a cross section of a cappella choral works by Cannes Classical-awarded composer Peteris Vasks, performed by the acclaimed Latvian Radio Choir under the direction of Sigvards Klava. Following on from their successful recording of liturgical Vasks compositions, the Latvian Radio Choir once again draws on the Baltic countries' extraordinary choir music tradition, focusing here on secular repertoire.

Gramophone Magazine
Intensity and integrity are the hallmarks of Vasks's style...The most compelling piece is the album's title-track, Plainscapes...Although almost too harrowingly beautiful to listen to, I do recommend this magical piece, which together with its companions is performed with consummate perfection by this outstanding body of singers.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
This, the second volume from Ondine, focuses on superb performances by the Latvian Radio Choir of the secular side of his trance-inducing, largely homophonic four-part compositions, regarded by Vasks himself as 'food for the soul'...The newest work here, Birth (2008), for mixed choir and percussion, is likely to send Vasks fans into ecstasies of delight.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (05/2011).



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Works Details

>Vasks, Peteris : Ziles zina (The Message of the Titmouse), for chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981-2004

>Vasks, Peteris : Klusas dziesmas (Silent Songs), for chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
  • Running Time: 10 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Vasks, Peteris : Musu masu vardi (Our Mother's Names), for chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
  • Running Time: 12 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Vasks, Peteris : Skumja mate (The Sad Mother), for female chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Vasks, Peteris : Vasara (Summer), for female chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Vasks, Peteris : Lidzenuma ainavas (Plainscapes), for chorus, violin & cello
  • Performers: Sandis Steinbergs (Violin); Guna Aboltina (Cello)
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
  • Running Time: 16 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Vasks, Peteris : Mazi, silti svetki (Small, Warm Holiday), for female chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Vasks, Peteris : Piedzimsana, for chorus & percussion
  • Performer: Janis Kokins (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
  • Running Time: 12 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008