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Saule tikai / Merely Sun


Riga Saxophone Quartet
Herta Hansena - piano
Natālija Meļņikoviča - accordion
Ieva Parša - mezzo-soprano
Guntars Freibergs - percussion
Rihards Zaļupe - percussion



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Mārīte Dombrovska

"Dīvainie sapņi" (Strange Dreams)

Rihards Dubra

"Vidi quattuor angelos"

Edgars Mākens

"Rīgas triptihs" (The Rīga Tryptich)

Rihards Zaļupe

"Palielinājums izplūdumā" (Extension in Blur)


LMIC 096

This is an album of musical friendship where the Riga Saxophone Quartet meets with composers and like-minded performers, and five compositions grounded in poetry, dreams, the Book of Revelation, Old Rīga streetscapes, and the art of photography come into being.

With Artis Sīmanis at its heart, the RSQ has developed diverse concert programming with an enormous repertoire ranging from Gabrieli and Bach to Glass and Piazzolla, and world music to jazz. The quartet appears on its own and in conjunction with Latvia’s professional orchestras and choirs, performing in Latvia’s concert halls, schools, and churches. They received the Grand Music Award in 1999 for artistic achievement at the First International Saxophone Festival Saxophonia and their extensive performance commitments in Latvia. During the next decades they take part in the Latvian National Opera's production of Fruits of the Earth while also travelling around Latvia with nature journalist Māris Olte and the Black Stork.