Highlights of cello festival in Cēsis feature on new CD

The Vidzeme Concert Hall in Cēsis, Latvia, completed in 2014, has attracted many distinguished performers and soloists to its stage.

A notable festival that regularly takes place at the Hall is the cello festival Cello Cēsis. To document some of the performances that have been held at the hall, the Latvian national music label Skani released a compilation of performances that feature the cello and orchestra. Also entitled Cello Cēsis, the collection gathers five performances of soloists and the chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga, and was released in 2018.

Recorded from 2015 to 2017, the set includes live performances by both Latvian and international cellists and violinists.

The CD booklet also includes an interview with Inese Zagorska, artistic director of the Cēsis Concert Hall, in both Latvian and English.

For further information, please visit the Skani website and the Cēsis Concert Hall website.

Cello Cēsis

Skani, 2018

Track listing

1. Pēteris Vasks • Cello concerto No. 2 “Presence” – III Adagio (featuring Marko Ylönen, cello)

2. Johannes Brahms • Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op.102 – I Allegro (featuring Boris Brovtsyn, violin and Kristīne Blaumane, cello)

3. Franz Schubert • Cello Concerto in D minor (Arpeggione Sonata, D.821) I Allegro moderato  (featuring Mario Brunello, cello)

4. Antonio Vivaldi • Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531, II Adagio (featuring Gunta Ābele, cello and Kārlis Klotiņš, cello)

5. Anitra Tumševica • Sun Music for Cello and Symphony Orchestra (featuring Ēriks Kiršfelds, cello)

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area . Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.

2 CD Latvian music sampler reveals diversity of Latvian folk music

The Latvian traditional and folk music label Lauska, in cooperation with the German music label CPL Music, have released a two CD sampler of Latvian folk music performances. Titled Folk & Great Tunes from Latvia, the set was released in 2018.

Over the course of 41 songs, the compilation reveals the many facets of Latvian folk music, from traditional to modern interpretations.

The collection includes many well-known Latvian artists, such as Auļi, Tautumeitas, Iļģi, ImantaDimanta, Raxtu Raxti, among many others.

The CD booklet also includes a few words from Christian Pliefke from CPL Music and Daina Zalāne from Lauska in both German and English.

For further information, please visit the CPL website and the Lauska website.

Folk & Great Tunes from Latvia

Various artists

Lauska

Track listing

CD 1

  1. Auļi un Tautumeitas – Dzied papriekšu, brāļa māsa
  2. JJO – Jauno Jāņu Orķestris – Laumas meita
  3. ImantaDimanta – Tautiešami roku devu
  4. Austrumkalns – Rūtij bite rūtoj saule
  5. Raxtu raxti – Rakstu rakstus
  6. Zari – Rāmi rāmi
  7. Lata Donga – Sastdiņ guoju
  8. ZeMe – Sidraba lietiņš lija
  9. Kanisaifa – Melni vērši
  10. Tautumeitas – Dai citas meitas
  11. Iļģi – Acis veras
  12. Vētras saites – Rīga paliek
  13. Trejasmens – Miesmeti melnaci kam nāci agri
  14. Ilža – Dzīduot muoku, doncuot muoku
  15. Lāns – Es brāļiem viena māsa
  16. Saucējas – Kiokuj, uoru zagiuzeite
  17. Laima Jansone – Pavasara grīslis
  18. Daba San – Debesu kalējs
  19. Rāva – Baltaitiņa
  20. Auļi – Metens

CD 2

  1. Tautumeitas – Pāde
  2. Zari – Arājiņš (bastalāvis)
  3. JJO – Jauno Jāņu Orķestris – Dziesminja
  4. Raxtu Raxti – Mēness sauli dancī veda (bastalāvis)
  5. Auļi – Pieguļā
  6. Lāns – Aug magonīte
  7. Lata Donga – Jānīt`s sēde
  8. Rāva – Bāliņš
  9. ZeMe – Bumbulēt
  10. Daba San – Dienvidus
  11. Valdis Muktupāvels – Kurzemes zvani
  12. Austrumkalns – Aiz kalniņa dūmi kūpa
  13. Rahu the Fool – Saimniekdēli
  14. ImantaDimanta – Skanēt skana
  15. Iļģi – Istabā
  16. Kanisaifa – Vilki deja
  17. Trejasmens – Tur karoja karavīri
  18. Saucējas – Sešas peles mīgu vylka
  19. Vētras saites – Lauztās Priedes
  20. Ilža – Radzu, muote īt vacumā
  21. Tarkšķu mandolīnisti – Runča deja

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area . Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.

2 euro coin features Zemgale coat of arms

As the final entry in the four coin series of the historical regions of Latvia, the Bank of Latvia has released a special circulation 2 euro coin for the region of Zemgale.

The previous coins in the series were Vidzeme (released in 2016), as well as Kurzeme and Latgale (released in 2017).

The coin, struck by Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (in Germany), features the coat of arms of Zemgale on the national side. The coin’s artists are Laimonis Šēnbergs (graphic design) and Jānis Strupulis (plaster model).

According to the Bank of Latvia, the coat of arms of Zemgale, a silver elk, symbolizing the richness of nature, on a blue background, is based on the coat of arms of the Duchy of Semigallia (which existed in the 16th – 18th centuries).

The bank has also released a collector’s set of all four coins in a special package.

For further information, please visit the Bank of Latvia’s coin collector’s website .

 

 

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area . Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.