NEW ALBUM NATURE AND THE SOUL CELEBRATES LATVIAN CHORAL CLASSICS, UK RELEASE DATE 18 AUGUST 2017
The names of Latvian performers Mariss Jansons, Gidon Kremer, Andris Nelsons and Elīna Garanča are familiar to the music world, but the names of Latvian composers remain largely unknown. A new label, the brainchild of clarinetist Egīls Šēfers, aims to change that, with a mission to bring the very best of Latvian classical music to audiences around the world.
As the Latvian nation anticipates the centenary of its independence in 2018, SKANI - which means ‘resound’ - will present more new releases, each celebrating different aspects of the nation’s musical wealth: the choral music of Vītols, Dārziņš, Melngailis, Zālītis, piano performances by Georgijs, Andrejs & Sergejs Osokins, piano music by Lūcija Garūta performed by London-based Reinis Zariņš, the symphonies of Jānis Ivanovs and chamber symphonies by Tumševica, Leimane and Dzenītis.
“It is our wish to inform people all over the world about the rich musical heritage of our small but tenacious nation on the shores of the Baltic Sea.” Egīls Šēfers
Nature and The Soul presents the music four significant Latvian choral composers, performed by the internationally acclaimed Latvian Radio Choir. Their Director Kaspars Putniņš describes the album as a love letter to Latvia, a return to a collective musical heritage, a kind of childhood home of imagery, sound and colour. The album takes the listener back to the first decade of the 20th century when, like many other smaller European nations, Latvian music was in its prime. It presents a small, but characteristic segment of the path taken by Latvian choral music in its development.