Vasks - Lugsana (Prayer) | Skani LMIC070

Vasks - Lugsana (Prayer)

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Label: Skani

Cat No: LMIC070

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 22nd March 2019

Contents

Artists

State Choir Latvija
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Professional Symphonic Band Riga

Conductor

Maris Sirmais

Works

Vasks, Peteris

Laudate Dominum
Missa
Prayer for Latvia
Prayer for a Mother

Artists

State Choir Latvija
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Professional Symphonic Band Riga

Conductor

Maris Sirmais

About

The album “Prayer” (Lūgšana) is composer Pēteris Vasks’ gift to Latvia on its centenary. It contains four vocal symphonic compositions written over the past 40 years. Three of the works, Prayer for a Mother, Laudate Dominum and Prayer for Latvia, appear here for the first time in new versions, with Vasks himself having been present during the recording process.

The oldest of the compositions is Prayer for a Mother (1978), initially called the Cantata for Women and with lyrics by Imants Ziedonis. Vasks wrote it, as he says himself, when he was still a young composer. Three different versions of the Missa (2000, 2001, 2005), in which the a cappella choir was joined by the organ and string orchestra, premiered in Copenhagen, Riga and Helsinki. Laudate Dominum (2016) and Prayer for Latvia (2014, 2016) with lyrics by Velta Toma are the most recent compositions.

State Choir Latvija and its artistic director Māris Sirmais joins forces with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and Professional Symphonic Band Riga in this world premiere recording.

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