Jānis Zālīts: Complete Choral Songs

Performers

Sigvards Kļava - conductor
Latvian Radio Choir

Series

Latvian composers

Recorded

2019

Compositions

Jānis Zālīts

"Hymn of Anuži" ("Anužu himna")

Jānis Zālīts

"Birthday Greeting" ("Apsveikums jubilāram")

Jānis Zālīts

For Ādolfs Kaktiņš

Jānis Zālīts

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

Jānis Zālīts

"Birch Grove"

Jānis Zālīts

"The Way to My Homeland" ("Ceļš uz dzimteni")

Jānis Zālīts

"Today We Praise the Mighty Souls" ("Cildinām šodien varenos garus")

Jānis Zālīts

"Cherished Souls" ("Dārgās ēnas")

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"A Song for Him Who Unified the People" (""Dziesma Tautas Vienotājam")

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"From Early Childhood" ("Jau no bērnu dienām")

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"At Night" ("Kad nakts")

Jānis Zālīts

"The Rustling Ash Trees..." ("Kā oši šalc...")

Jānis Zālīts

"Like Snow on Mountain‐Tops" ("Kā sniegi kalnu galotnēs")

Jānis Zālīts

"May the Earth Feel No Pain" ("Lai zemei sāpes nav")

Jānis Zālīts

"Easter Song" ("Lieldienu dziesma")

Jānis Zālīts

"The Great Harvest Festival Finale Choir" ("Lielo pļaujas svētku noslēguma koris")

Jānis Zālīts

"Midsummer Songs" ("Līgo virkne")

Jānis Zālīts

"By the Bard’s Grave" ("Pie koklētāja kapa")

Jānis Zālīts

"Press Anthem" ("Preses himna")

Jānis Zālīts

To Professor J. Vītols

Jānis Zālīts

"Blow Your Horns!" ("Pūšat taures!")

Jānis Zālīts

"For Rainis and Aspazija"

Jānis Zālīts

"The Heart is So Heavy" ("Sirds tik grūta")

Jānis Zālīts

"People’s Song for the Leader" ("Tautas himna Vadonim")

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"The Divine Spirit" ("Tā vēsma")

Jānis Zālīts

("These Are Your Fields" ("Tev šie lauki")

Jānis Zālīts

"We Greet You" ("Tevi sveicam")

Jānis Zālīts

"Praise the Leader" ("Vadoņa suminājums")

Jānis Zālīts

"Heroes’ Song" ("Varoņu dziesma")

Jānis Zālīts

"Summer" ("Vasara")

Jānis Zālīts

"Summer night" ("Vasaras nakts")

Jānis Zālīts

"Song for the Unit" ("Vienības dziesma")

Jānis Zālīts

"Song of the Carders, Spinners and Weavers" ("Kārsēju, vērpēju un audēju dziesma")

Jānis Zālīts

"Brave Soldiers" ("Kareivji drošie")

Jānis Zālīts

"Soldiers’ Song" ("Kareivju dziesma")

Jānis Zālīts

"Convicts’ Song" ("Katordznieku dziesma")

Jānis Zālīts

For Kārlis Skalbe

Jānis Zālīts

"Blow, Winds!" ("Pūšat, vēji!")

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"Morning Greeting" ("Rīta sveiciens")

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"A Hero’s Heart" ("Varoņa sirds")

Jānis Zālīts

"Leader, We Salute You!" ("Sveiks, Vadon, sveiks!")

Description

“In Zālīts’ songs, the effort to use all means of modern harmony culminates in undeniable success. They capture the audience with their freshness, unobtrusive illustration and vibrant colour. Zālīts is the freshest and most mischievous among our composers, and not only among the younger generation,” said Prof. Jāzeps Vītols in 1913 of Jānis Zālīts’ (1884–1943) first compositions for choir, made while still a student. At that time, there were still no professional choirs in Latvia to serve as an experimental laboratory for composers seeking a new path. It was also a time when the German choral style was held in high regard. But Zālīts, a courageous innovator, strived for a breath of the contemporary in music, and this challenged many of his contemporaries to re-examine ingrained opinions and often also choir singers and conductors to radically step out of their comfort zones.

Zālīts’ mastery is a thorough knowledge of the richness of music in the world and at the same time the ability to protect his own work from obvious signs of influences. It is the skill in subtly weaving the Latvian code into his work as well as preserving the integrity of his stylistic expression from his very first composition to his last.

Elīna Selga