Vasks: Laudate Dominum Latvian Radio Choir, Sinfonietta Rīga & Sigvards Kļava
- Pēteris Vasks (1946):
- 1Da pacem, Domine17:41
- 2Mein Herr und mein Gott09:29
- 3Laudate Dominum15:29
- 4Prayer (Lord, Open Our Eyes)17:08
- 5The Fruit of Silence07:05
Info for Vasks: Laudate Dominum
This release includes new works written by Peteris Vasks (b. 1946), internationally the most well-known composer from Latvia, performed by his compatriots, the Latvian Radio Choir and Sinfonietta Riga under the direction of Sigvards Klava. During the years both the choir and the orchestra have collaborated extensively with the composer and premiered several works by him, including Da pacem, Domine which was premiered as a part of Peteris Vasks' 70th anniversary concert in 2016. This album is the third album dedicated to works by Peteris Vasks by the Latvian Radio Choir and Sigvards Klava on Ondine.
The choral texture of the work alternates with majestic organ episodes. The remaining two works in the album are based on texts by Mother Teresa: The earliest of them, Prayer (Lord, open our eyes) was written in 2011. The second, The Fruit of Silence (2013), was written for the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. For Vasks Mother Teresa is “an endless source of inspiration”, as well as “an example of true Christian love, speaking through actions, not mere words”.
The releases of the Latvian Radio Choir on Ondine have been highly successful. For instance, the recording of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (ODE12065) was chosen as the Record of the Month, Editor’s Choice and received a nomination in the Gramophone Awards in 2013. Also, their recent releases of choral works by Valentin Silvestrov (ODE12665) and Eriks Esenvalds (ODE12472) received Gramophone Editor’s Choice.
Ilze Reine, organ
Latvian Radio Choir
Sigvards Klava, conductor
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