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Latvian Songs

Performers

Egils Siliņš - bass-baritone
Māris Skuja - piano

Series

Centennial

Recorded

2015

Release date

05.08.2016

Compositions

Emīls Dārziņš

"Teici to stundu, to brīdi" (Tell Me That Hour)

Emīls Dārziņš

"Kad būs as'ras izraudātas" (When All Tears Will Have Been Shed)

Emīls Dārziņš

"Vēl tu rozes plūc" (You Still Pick Roses)

Emīls Dārziņš

"Aizver actiņas un smaidi" (Close Your Eyes and Smile)

Emīls Dārziņš

"Sāpju spītes" (In Defiance of Pain)

Emīls Dārziņš

"Mana laime" (My Happiness)

Emīls Dārziņš

"Kā zagšus" (As if by Stealth)

Emīls Dārziņš

"Spāniešu romance" (Spanish Romance)

Jānis Kalniņš

"Par katru stundu" (Für jede Stunde) [I thank Thee, Lord]

Emilis Melngailis

"Zeltītās lapas" (Golden Leaves)

Alfrēds Kalniņš

"Rudeņa zieds" (The Autumn flower)

Alfrēds Kalniņš

"Brīnos es" (I Wonder)

Jāzeps Vītols

"Pie tava augstā, baltā loga" (Below Your High, White Window)

Jāzeps Vītols

"Baltā bērza šūpolītē" (In a White Birch Cradle)

Jāzeps Vītols

"Biķeris miroņu salā" (Goblet on the Isle of the Dead)

Jāzeps Vītols

"Kokļu skaņas" (The Sound of Kokles)

Jāzeps Vītols

"Orhidejas sapnis" (Orchid's Dream)

Jāzeps Vītols

"Aizver actiņas un smaidi" (Close Your Eyes and Smile)

Jāzeps Vītols

"Man prātā stāv vēl klusā nakts" (I Still Recall That Quiet Night)

Jāzeps Vītols

"Klausies, spulgacīt!" (Listen, Bright-Eyed Maiden!)

Jānis Mediņš

"Aka" (The Well)

Jānis Mediņš

"Glāsts" (The caress)

Tālivaldis Ķeniņš

"Miestiņš" (Village)

Bruno Skulte

"Sapņu zeme" (Dreamland)

Arvids Zilinskis

"Aktiera mūžs" (An Actor's Life)

Description

LMIC 045

“I often need only two days in Latvia in order to regain my energy. I’m very much looking forward to performing in Latvia, and I particularly wish to sing Latvian music. For some time now I’ve thought that Latvian vocal chamber music has been undeservedly forgotten. In describing these songs, I must say that we Latvians are quite sorrowful – we lack happy songs! But what’s special are the songs’ lyrics, which caress the Latvian’s soul. Who else will popularise them if not ourselves, and why not soloists with recognised names? If performed well, the music will definitely be of interest to audiences abroad as well. We have so much good music. We shouldn’t be afraid; we should instead sing and play.”

Egils Siliņš

Review

R2, 14.06.2016

Sehr irdisch und dennoch tiefromantisch

 

Kulturport.de, 02.09.2016

Siliņš’ Stimme scheint wie für die lettischen Lieder gemacht, sein Timbre, seine Klangfarbe, die Variation zwischen Weichheit und Wärme zu Kühle und Härte modulieren Inhalte. Er kann unglaublich dunkel modulieren, um in nächsten Augenblick seine Stimme mit Leichtigkeit erneut hüpfen zu lassen. Allein aus diesem Grund ist das Album ein besonderes Erlebnis.

 

http://www.pizzicato.lu/kunstlieder-aus-lettland/, 15.07.2015

This collection of Latvian songs is a rewarding experience. Egils Silins has a wonderfully fresh voice which proves tob e perfect for his repertoire. From the dark basss tonest o the almost tenorish heights, it hat a consistent beauty over a wide range of various feelings.

 

Diena, 09.06.2016

Emocionāli izjusti, smalki niansēti

http://www.diena.lv/raksts/kd/muzika/egila-silina-latviesu-dziesmas-14143713