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and a birch and grasses...

Performers

Ieva Parša - mezzo-soprano
Andrejs Osokins - piano

Series

Latvian composers

Recorded

2021

Release date

06.05.2022

Compositions

Emilis Melngailis

"Nebij mēnesnīcas, nebij ziedu" / Ņo Moonlight, No Flowers"

Emilis Melngailis

"Kā zagšus" / "By Stealth"

Emilis Melngailis

"Ganiņš" / "The Shepherd"

Emilis Melngailis

"Jaunā gaisma" / "The New Light"

Emilis Melngailis

"Pirmais marts" / "The First of March"

Kristaps Pētersons

"Mūzika klavierēm" / "Music for Piano"

Emilis Melngailis

"Pasaciņa" / "A Little Story"

Emilis Melngailis

"Pār ceļu zaķītis pārskrēja" / "A Rabbit Ran Across the Road"

Emilis Melngailis

"Uz rīta pusi" / "Towards Morning"

Emilis Melngailis

"Zeltītās lapas" / "Golden Leaves"

Kristaps Pētersons

"Dziesma ar Eduarda Veidenbauma dzeju" / "A Song Across the Road"

Emilis Melngailis

"Man mirdzēja zvaigznes" / "A Star Shone for Me"

Emilis Melngailis

"Kā diena bez saules" / "Like a Day Without Sun"

Emilis Melngailis

"Vientulība" no cikla klavierēm "Mazie meti" / "Loneliness" from cycle for piano Ļittle Sketches"

Kristaps Pētersons

"Smilgas" /"Grasses"

Emilis Melngailis

"Rauduves balss" / "The Duck's Call"

Emilis Melngailis

"Bērzs i varavīksna" / "The Birch and the Rainbow"

Emilis Melngailis

"Divas mazas rociņas" / "Two Samll Hands"

Emilis Melngailis

"Alpu kvēles" / "Alpine Ardour"

Description

LMIC 136

People sometimes chuckle at the fact that Emilis Melngailis and Arnold Schoenberg were both born in the same year, 1874 – just think, the apologist for ancient folk-song diatonics and the founder of twelve-tone technique as peers! But one must understand that Melngailis belonged to those relatively few for whom art expresses not so much humanity’s strained relationship with reality but rather serves as a reflection of the ultimate harmony, beauty and magnificence of nature and the world around us.
Almost a century and a half younger than Melngailis, the avantgarde composer Kristaps Pētersons, who has written numerous chamber and symphonic works and won several national and international awards, is also, paradoxically, in some ways related to Melngailis, namely, in his applied, constructive approach to creativity and, above all, in not shying away from prosaic themes in music.

Dramatic saturation, exquisite musical imagination, a developed sense of style – with these vocal qualities Parša has attracted the attention of many Latvian composers, who have in turn dedicated compositions to her. Emilis Melngailis is one of Parša’s favourite Latvian classical composers.
Andrejs Osokins has a wide stylistic range and is as perceptive of and attentive to the specifics of Latvian music as he is to those of world classics.

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