Christmas Cantata
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Bastiks' music is considered the cornerstone of Latvian sacred music.

This selection of choral music by Viktors Bastiks (1912-2001) is drawn mainly from his rich output of sacred works. His almost 300 compositions in this genre form a substantial cornerstone of Latvian sacred music. Even though his compositional output is impressive, Viktors Bastiks is one of Latvia's most ignored composers, which makes this recording all the more significant. The musical language of Viktors Bastiks is clear and tightly knit, concentrated in form and expression, whether it be a simple folk song setting or the extended forms of his many cantatas. It is heartfelt music, natural and unaffected with a strong spiritual aura.
Contents:
Viktors Bastiks, composer
Requiem
Youth Choir "Balsis," Latvian Academy of Music Mixed Choir, New York Latvian Concert Choir, Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra, Andrejs Jansons, conductor

Viktors Bastiks, composer
Christmas Cantata
Youth Choir "Balsis," Latvian Academy of Music Mixed Choir, New York Latvian Concert Choir, Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra, Andrejs Jansons, conductor

Viktors Bastiks, composer
Pilgrims' Song
Youth Choir "Balsis," Latvian Academy of Music Mixed Choir, New York Latvian Concert Choir, Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra, Andrejs Jansons, conductor

Viktors Bastiks, composer
Crucified Jesus of Nazareth
Youth Choir "Balsis," Latvian Academy of Music Mixed Choir, New York Latvian Concert Choir, Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra, Andrejs Jansons, conductor

Viktors Bastiks, composer
Pure in Heart
Youth Choir "Balsis," Latvian Academy of Music Mixed Choir, New York Latvian Concert Choir, Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra, Andrejs Jansons, conductor

Viktors Bastiks, composer
Latvian Folk Songs
Youth Choir "Balsis," Latvian Academy of Music Mixed Choir, New York Latvian Concert Choir, Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra, Andrejs Jansons, conductor

Review:
"These choral works were not written for effect or to impress, but rather composed to draw your attention to the sacred texts. And in that straightforward simplicity lies the impact. ...The music of Viktors Bastiks...is honest, unpretentious and faithful to its roots. ...The natural and real emotions within the writing are enough to carry the music along." (classicalmusicsentinel.com)
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