Land of Dreams
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A recording of choral music by the esteemed Latvian-American composer/conductor Bruno Skulte performed by Latvian choirs.

Bruno Skulte (1905-1976) was a talented composer as well as a dynamic conductor and organist. He drew most of his inspiration from the culture of his Latvian homeland even though he lived in Germany and the United States. Skulte left Latvia for Germany when the Soviets invaded in World War II, along with thousands of other Latvian refuges. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1949 and lived the rest of his life there. He was the organist and choir conductor for the Latvian Lutheran Church of New York as well as two other Latvian choirs. He carried on the tradition of Latvian song festivals with hundreds and even several thousand singers on stage. While he never stopped composing, his works were not heard in Latvia during the Soviet occupation as they were deemed too "Latvian." His choral music is sonorous, lyrical, emotional, at times dramatic, and always sincere. The Latvian coloring is created mostly by the lyrics. Skulte used lyrics that seemed to express Latvian sensitivities: love of nature, love of country and other virtues taught by the dainas, the ancient Latvian folk poems. He died in New York, never having been able to revisit his beloved Latvia.
Contents:
Bruno Skulte, composer
Land of Dreams
Chamber Choir Fortius; Mara Marnauza, conductor

Bruno Skulte, composer
The Soldier and His Bonnie Bride
Chamber Choir Ave Sol; Andris Veismanis, conductor

Bruno Skulte, composer
The Golden Star
Chamber Choir Fortius; Mara Marnauza, conductor

Bruno Skulte, composer
Dark Is The Night
Chamber Choir Ave Sol; Andris Veismanis, conductor

Bruno Skulte, composer
The Threshers
Ave Sol Men's Group; Andris Veismanis, conductor

Bruno Skulte, composer
Longing
Ave Sol Men's Group; Andris Veismanis, conductor

Bruno Skulte, composer
The Fairy Tale
Ave Sol Men's Group; Andris Veismanis, conductor
v Bruno Skulte, composer
Night
Chamber Choir Ave Sol; Andris Veismanis, conductor

Bruno Skulte, composer
The Old Sauna Shack
Chamber Choir Ave Sol; Jurgis Cabulis, conductor
v Bruno Skulte, composer
Winterfest
Ave Sol Men's Group; Andris Veismanis, conductor

Bruno Skulte, composer
Childhood
Chamber Choir Ave Sol; Andris Veismanis, conductor

Bruno Skulte, composer
Prayer
Women's Choir Balta; Mara Marnauza, conductor

Bruno Skulte, composer
The Passion of Christ
Women's Choir Balta; Mara Marnauza, conductor

Bruno Skulte, composer
In God's House
Chamber Choir Fortius; Mara Marnauza, conductor

Bruno Skulte, composer
The Rose of Christmas
Ave Sol Men's Group; Andris Veismanis, conductor

Bruno Skulte, composer
In the Garden of God
Ave Sol Men's Group; Andris Veismanis, conductor

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