The second retrospective album of popular music composed by Imants Kalniņš, featuring material from the 1960s and 1970s, is set for release June 6 by Rīga-based Upe Recording Co.
The album, titled Otrās dziesmas, is a followup to last autumn’s release, Pirmās dziesmas.
The 12-track compact disc includes popular songs such as “Viņi dejoja vienu vasaru” from 1967 and “Pilsētā, kurā piedzimst vējš” from 1973. Other songs on the album are “Par to gadījumu ar Džordāno Bruno” (1969), “Liedagā” (1968), “Es esmu bagāts” (1967), “Zelta haizivs” (1968), “Astoņkājis” (1968). “Bāka” (1978), “Balāde par viņu un viņu” (1970), “Dziesma, ar ko tu sāksies?” (1974), “Kad vēji kalnos rāpjas (1974)” and “Parīziešu dzīru dziesma” (1970).
Lyrics are based on the poetry of Viks (the nom de plume of the composer’s brother, Viktors Kalniņš), Māris Čaklais, Jēkabs Rūsiņš and Knuts Skujenieks. Performing on the album are Ance Krauze, Ainars Mielavs, Zigfrīds Muktupāvels and Jānis Strazdiņš.
Upe Recording, run by Mielavs, has released a number of albums over the past several years featuring music by Kalniņš, one of Latvia’s most popular composers.
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