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Re: Latvian composers
« Reply #40 on: February 17, 2019, 12:41:01 PM »
Hmm, combing through this thread, the Ešenvalds piqued my interest. There's a live performance of the Visions of Arctic: Night available on YouTube:

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I was expecting a dark, brooding piece, but there seems to be a lot more going on in the Arctic during the night! Quite enjoyable, the sombre middle part is beautiful.
I love that work and find it very moving. I think of the Northern Lights (which I have never seen) in that central section.
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Re: Latvian composers
« Reply #41 on: February 17, 2019, 01:39:03 PM »
I have a similar experience with Ēriks Ešenvalds' recent (2014) Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, which we (my choir) started singing, last week. One specific passage is haunting me for days already:
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(Actually I met him in person, but very superficially, five years ago in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, at the occasion of a premiere of another new choral piece by him).
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Re: Latvian composers
« Reply #42 on: February 19, 2019, 02:26:06 PM »
This is land plenty of remarkable composers. I'm enjoying largely the Skulte's 5th right now. The Garuta will be worth listening too, so do the Esenvalds and Ivanovs.
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Re: Latvian composers
« Reply #43 on: August 24, 2021, 05:34:32 AM »
Thought I'd promote this fine disc again:
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Re: Latvian composers
« Reply #44 on: February 10, 2022, 06:55:06 AM »
Never having been to the Baltic states, and not having any personal friends from Latvia (unless you count a few youthful indiscretions with bar nights - ahem), I was wondering if anyone here can state which composer is generally considered the 'greatest'?  While there are not dozens of them, the situation in Latvia IS different from, say, Enescu's in Romania.
I haven't found a definitive critical consensus in any of the literature I have on the subject.
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