The relative shock and inactivity in the Latvian music sector that started abruptly earlier this year, caused by the virus pandemic, is clearly over. Smaller events and gatherings take place throughout Latvia but what really has picked up during these uncertain times when musicians are not permitted to gather huge audiences is the work in the recording studio.
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra has already recorded 3 new albums this summer featuring music by Pēteris Vasks and Tālivaldis Ķeniņš - two for Ondine and one for our own SKANI label.
Latvian Radio Choir has started work on their newest SKANI release at the St. John's Church in Riga - this time it will be music by Santa Ratniece.
But what's really exciting is all the bustling at the Liepāja “Great Amber” Concert Hall - Liepāja Symphony Orchestra is about to finish their 5 CD set of complete symphonic works by Imants Kalniņš, soprano Inga Kalna in collaboration with pianist Diāna Ketlere just finished recording their splendid program featuring art songs by Strauss, Kalniņš and Mediņš, and the young piano talent Daumants Liepiņš completed his recording session there featuring piano sonatas by Rachmaninov and Zemzaris. Furthermore, the brand new Schola Cantorum Riga recording session in Liepāja featuring some of the earliest known Medieval music composed in Riga Cathedral along with chants from other cathedrals around Europe is just about to be finished.
All theses releases will see their light of day in the coming months thanks to various grants and aid packages available for the Latvian culture sector financed by the Ministry of Culture and the State Culture Capital Fund.