Soloists: Inga Šļubovska (soprano), Ieva Parša (mezzo soprano), Mihails Čuļpajevs (tenor), Rihards Millers (baritone), Krišjānis Norvelis (bass), Ērika Apeine (piano); Mārtiņš Zilberts (piano);
Director: Indra Roga;
Artist: Anna Heinrihsone

Programme: Lūcija Garūta, Alfrēds Kalniņš, Jānis Mediņš, Emilis Melngailis, Bruno Skulte

Aspazija – from her sunny corner through flowers of flame to ruins of all illusions. Rainis – from the land of his youthful days to solitude on top of the highest mountain. As different and diverse these two greats of Latvian literature are, as distinctive and colourful are the songs to their poems. Lūcija Garūta is gliding in a boat of moon; Alfrēds Kalniņš is wandering in distant dreams; Emilis Melngailis is thinking about the golden horse and fluttering the tiniest rose-crystal fingers; Bruno Skulte is reading children’s poems – and this is but a brief glimpse of the multi-faceted world that is home to joy and happiness, contemplation and melancholy, anger and despair, dreams and reality. The piano accompaniment is provided by the wonderful Ērika Apeine and the selected songs have been wisely and skilfully arranged by Indra Roga. The singers are the girlishly bubbly Inga Šļubovska, the brilliant and ever-changing performer Ieva Parša, the youthfully excited Mikhail Chulpaev and Rihards Millers and the dramatically profound Krišjānis Norvelis.

 

Photo: Vilis Rīdzenieks