New York Latvian Concert Choir releases Christmas CD

New York Latvian Concert Choir (Ņujorkas latviešu koris) has released its latest Christmas themed CD, entitled Ziemassvētki laika vējos (or Latvian Christmas in the Winds of Time). Released by Albany Records (TROY1851, 2020), the CD collects works by Latvian composers Laura Jēkabsone, Mārtiņš Brauns, Andrejs Jansons, and Andris Sējāns.

The NYLCC has released many CDs, all containing original compositions dedicated to the choir. Other CDs released by the choir include Christmas in Latvia, Latvian Winterfest, and Christmas Joy in Latvia, a release that was profiled in Rolling Stone magazine, who also declared it one of the 25 best Christmas albums.

On the album, recorded in Latvia at the Latvian Radio Studio in January of 2020, the NYLCC is joined by several other choirs and ensembles – the youth choir Balsis, the women’s choir Balta, the chamber choir Fortius, and the Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra. All the works were conducted by the NYLCC artistic director Laura Padega Zamura.

For further information, please visit the New York Latvian Concert Choir Facebook page and the Albany Records website.

Track listing:

  1. Ziemassvētku kantāte “Gausi nāca, drīz aizgāja” – Laura Jēkabsone
    Ziemassvētku cikls Ņujorkas latviešu korim – Mārtiņš Brauns
  2. Vienīgais
  3. Bērna lūgšana
  4. Egles
  5. Sniedziņš
  6. Uguntiņa
    Ziemassvētku kantāte – Andrejs Jansons
  7. Ziema nāk
  8. Šupuļdziesma
  9. Ķekatu dziesma
  10. Svētceļnieku dziesma
    7 O Antifoni – Andris Sējāns, Dabas koncertzāle
  11. O Sapientia
  12. O Adonai
  13. O Radix Jesse
  14. O Clavis David
  15. O Oriens
  16. O Rex Gentium
  17. O Emmanuel

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.

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