SKANI is a division of the Latvian Music Information Center. Our main goal is to produce high quality recordings of Latvian classical music and to make them available to the listeners and audience worldwide.
The first Latvian professional composers worked at a time when Latvians were united by a desire for a national identity of their own and – several decades later – their own independent state. Composers translated this yearning into music and thus almost literally became “the voice of the people”.
This “voice of the people” was nurtured by the Song Festival movement, which has managed to survive from its beginnings in 1873 through the first years of independence and the years of Soviet occupation to the present day. Throughout its history it has served as a way of conveying the energy accumulated and cultivated by the people, and no political power or ideology has been able to weaken this form of self-expression. It is possibly this very singing together and making music together that stimulated the awakening of Latvian self-confidence and the idea of a Latvian state.
Today classical music has become a true ambassador of Latvian culture and values worldwide. Mariss Jansons, Andris Nelsons, Elīna Garanča, Gidon Kremer, Aleksandrs Antoņenko and Egils Siliņš are the global icons of classical music, and their appearances are highly appreciated by both critics and audiences worldwide. Many will know the name of the composer Pēteris Vasks, but not much more about the music that comes from Latvia.
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Phone: +31 10 26 41 500
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To celebrate 100 years of Latvian independence, we are releasing new recordings made especially for this occasion:
The Fruit of Silence featuring Latvian contemporary choral music sung by the Grammy Award winning Latvian Radio Choir,
The Sound of Freedom featuring music by composer and Latvian cultural icon Imants Kalniņš, recorded by the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra,
Latvian Classics – art songs by Latvian classical composers Emīls Dārziņš, Jāzeps Vītols and Alfrēds Kalniņš, sung by the world-renowned bass baritone Egils Siliņš,
Symphonic Icons – an album recorded by the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra featuring one of the best and most undervalued symphonic composers of the 20th century, Jānis Ivanovs, with his Symphony No. 20 and a piano concerto by Volfgangs Dārziņš played by pianist Reinis Zariņš.
– Uldis Lipskis, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, director
The best and most characteristic works of each composer are carefully selected to represent their unique style and voice.
– Gunda Vaivode, Latvian Radio “Klasika”, director
The Latvian Music Information Centre has been producing CDs of classical and world music since 2002 and currently has over 40 CD releases. Most of theses are promotional albums meant to introduce music professionals and audiences to Latvian music. Music in Latvia and Native Music editions have been very popular at music exhibitions and conferences around the world. Some, however, are proper CD releases and we have included them here in this series.