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Christmas Joy In Latvia / Jansons, New Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1040   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Vilnis SalaksUgis PraulinsBruno SkulteJuris Karlsons,   ... 
Conductor:  Andrejs Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Chamber OrchestraLatvian State Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The joy we feel in anticipating the sun’s return after the winter solstice is greatly magnified by the spiritual light that comes with Christmas. This recording, Christmas Joy in Latvia, is a collection of new musical works to enrich the season’s array of colors. The essence of the CD is expressed by its title: it highlights age-old values in a contemporary fashion. The old world and its traditions change with each new year. The joy we feel in anticipating the sun’s return after the winter solstice is greatly magnified by the spiritual light that comes with Christmas. This recording, Christmas Joy in Latvia, is a collection of new musical works to enrich the season’s array of colors. The essence of the CD is expressed by its title: it highlights age-old values in a contemporary fashion. The old world and its traditions change with each new year. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. On Christmas Eve by Vilnis Salaks
Conductor:  Andrejs Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Chamber Orchestra,  Latvian State Choir
Written: 2006; Latvia 
2. Latvian Solstice in the New World by Ugis Praulins
Conductor:  Andrejs Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Chamber Orchestra,  Latvian State Choir
3. At Christmastime by Bruno Skulte
Conductor:  Andrejs Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Chamber Orchestra,  Latvian State Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960s 
4. Christmas Cantata by Juris Karlsons
Conductor:  Andrejs Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Chamber Orchestra,  Latvian State Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991 
5. Christmas Cantata: Welcome Christmas by Pauls Dambis
Conductor:  Andrejs Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Chamber Orchestra,  Latvian State Choir
Written: 2003 
6. In nativitate Domini by Rihards Dubra
Conductor:  Andrejs Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Chamber Orchestra,  Latvian State Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000 

Featured Sound Samples

On Christmas Eve (Salaks)
At Christmastime (Skulte)
In nativitate Domini (Dubra): VI. Alleluia

Sound Samples

On Christmas Eve
Latvian Solstice in the New World: Bees' Song
Latvian Solstice in the New World: Christmas Has Arrived
Latvian Solstice in the New World: In Church With My Godchild
Latvian Solstice in the New World: Christmas is Counting Money
Latvian Solstice in the New World: Mummers
Latvian Solstice in the New World: My Lovely Flax Field
At Christmas Time
Welcome, Christmas!
Ziemas-svetku kantate (Christmas Cantata): The Morning is So Bright
Ziemas-svetku kantate (Christmas Cantata): The Sparkling Snow-covered Fields
Ziemas-svetku kantate (Christmas Cantata): Gentle Lamb of God
Our Lord's Nativity: A Light Will Shine
Our Lord's Nativity: Rejoice, Daughter of Zion
Our Lord's Nativity: There Were Shepherds
Our Lord's Nativity: Glory to God in the Highest
Our Lord's Nativity: The Word Was Made Flesh
Our Lord's Nativity: Alleluia

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