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Agris Engelmanis. Musica Alba


Latvian composers



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LMIC 156

It is possible that his Diaphony No. 1 (1972) had never before been performed publicly. Diaphony No. 2 (1979) and Diaphony No. 3 (1996) have been performed, but this album marks the first recordings of these pieces.

Musica Alba (1988), meaning ‘white music’, is a relatively more frequently performed opus. This work was recorded at the Liepāja Latvian Society House in 2014.

Music for symphony orchestra (1971) is most likely Engelmanis’ first work for symphony orchestra, composed the same year he graduated from the Academy of Music. Atvars Lakstīgala chose this piece as a previously unknown “new work” by the Liepāja native for the inaugural concert in November 2015 of the Great Amber Concert Hall (Liepāja’s new concert venue), and this version is included on the present album. It is believed that Music had never before been performed in its entirety; thus, the goal of the album in your hands is to lay the foundation for a full and diverse discovery and celebration of Engelmanis’ music!

Orests Silabriedis

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