Kenins - Symphony no.1, 2 Concertos
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Cat No: ODE13502
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 2nd October 2020
WorksConcerto di camera no.1
Concerto for piano, strings and percussion
ArtistsAgnese Eglina (piano)
Tommaso Pratola (flute)
Martins Circenis (clarinet)
Edgars Saksons (percussion)
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Although born in Latvia, Ķeniņš lived most of his life as an exile. He was educated in Paris, where he studied under Tony Aubin and Olivier Messiaen, and won several awards. Ķeniņš emigrated to Canada in 1951 and became a respected pedagogue and a very influential figure in Canada’s music life. Alongside his pedagogic work he wrote a sizeable catalogue of works, including several symphonies and concertos.
According to Ķeniņš, chamber music was the highest form of art. His Concerto di camera no.1 (1981) reveals his love for chamber music. The work contains hints of Bartók. The composer himself mentioned Mozart’s concertos as his model when writing the work.
Concerto for Piano, Strings and Percussion (1990) was completed shortly after the composer’s first visit to Latvia since the 1940s. Latvia was struggling to regain its independence and the work has a particularly tense and tragic atmosphere. When the work was premiered in Canada, the composer drew attention to the events unfolding in his home country when describing the work.
Ķeniņš wrote his First Symphony in 1959. This expressive work represents well the element of Latvian folk music in the composer’s work fusing it together with contemporary elements. Upon its premiere, the work received several performances in Canada, including CBC radio broadcasts.
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