The Light of Christmas
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A gorgeous recording of Latvian cantatas for the Christmas season.

This recording continues the tradition of the New York Latvian Concert Choir soon after its founding in 1975 of commissioning cantatas for their annual holiday concerts. The music presented on this CD, all new works by Latvian composers, is written in a great variety of styles, uniting the worlds of Latvian folklore and Christianity--that of Valdis Zilveris is written in a romantic tradition with simple, memorable melodies; while Ingmars Zemzaris has used a neo-baroque style; Ilona Rupaines' is much more complicated, intertwining folkloric and Christian worlds; and Larkis Lacis employs jazz harmonies but not jazz rhythms. This is the third recording of Latvian music for the Christmas season by the New York Latvian Concert Choir.
Contents:
Valdis Zilveris, composer
Starlit Christmas
Laila Liepina Southard, soprano; Elina Seile, mezzo-soprano; Nauris Indzeris, baritone; Youth Choir Balsis; Chamber Choir Fortius; Childrens Choir Sono; New York Latvian Concert Choir; Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra; Laura Padega Zamura, conductor

Ingmars Zemzaris, composer
Immanuel, O God Most High
Laila Liepina Southard, soprano; Elina Seile, mezzo-soprano; Youth Choir Balsis; Chamber Choir Fortius; Childrens Choir Sono; New York Latvian Concert Choir; Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra; Andrejs Jansons, conductor

Ilona Rupaine, composer
Our Lady's Lily Garden
Nauris Indzeris, baritone; Youth Choir Balsis; Chamber Choir Fortius; Childrens Choir Sono; New York Latvian Concert Choir; Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra; Andrejs Jansons, conductor

Karlis Lacis, composer
Christmas Cantata
Laila Liepina Southard, soprano; Youth Choir Balsis; Chamber Choir Fortius; Childrens Choir Sono; New York Latvian Concert Choir; Latvian National Opera Chamber Orchestra; Andrejs Jansons, conductor

Review:
“All the singers, various choirs and orchestral musicians involved combine forces and uncover the music’s restrained and hidden charms...” (The Classical Sentinel)