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Ivanovs. Symphonies Nos. 15 & 16


Guntis Kuzma - conductor
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra


Latvian composers



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Jānis Ivanovs

Symphony No. 15 "Symphonia ipsa"

Jānis Ivanovs

Symphony No. 16


LMIC 126
"Ivanovs has remained virtually unknown outside Latvia. The fifty-year isolation from normal cultural processes brought about by the Iron Curtain, the undisguised hatred and contempt for any kind of serious art in the dark decade following the Soviet occupation, and finally, the casual and arrogant attitude of a nation of many millions towards the cultural heritage of much smaller nations – all of that took its toll. Of course, Ivanovs has several kindred spirits of sorts. One senses similarities with Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Aram Khachaturian and Aaron Copland in his emotional and conceptual messages as well as the intonational, harmonic and rhythmic formulas of his symphonies. However, the Canadian-Latvian master, the Armenian icon and the 20th-century American classicist are noticeably better known, whereas Ivanovs’ scores are heard only sporadically even in Latvia, and even in the year of the 100th anniversary of his birth. There are both objective and subjective reasons for this."

Armands Znotiņš