Vasks - Plainscapes | Ondine ODE11942

Vasks - Plainscapes


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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE11942

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 30th January 2012



This CD presents a cross section of a cappella choral works by Cannes Classical-awarded composer Pēteris Vasks (b. 1946), performed by the acclaimed Latvian Radio Choir under the direction of Sigvards Kļava.

Following on from their successful recording of liturgical Vasks compositions (“Beautifully performed, a rare outing for Vask’s choral music” – Gramophone ‘recommends’), the Latvian Radio Choir once again draws on the Baltic countries’ extraordinary choir music tradition, focusing here on secular repertoire.

The title piece on this disc is Plainscapes, written in 2002 for mixed choir, violin and cello on commission from Gidon Kremer. Meditating on the inspiring beauty of the Latvian lowlands, it celebrates nature’s cyclic miracles.

Birth (2008) for choir and percussion pays tribute to the sun as a symbol for life.

World première recordings of Our Mother’s Names, The Sad Mother, Summer and Small, Warm Holiday.

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