Wind Quintet of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky, conductor
The idea to publish this album of woodwind music by Latvian composers came from the flutist Vilnis Strautiņš, who intended to dedicate it to the late oboist Vilnis Pelnēns (1944-2006) – a colleague in the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Latvian Academy of Music and the LNSO Wind Quintet. The original plan was to release a collection of works composed during the „prime” period of the LNSO Wind Quintet – music by Grīnups, Plakidis, Vasks, and Zemzaris. However, it became clear that simply reminiscing would not be enough – the circle had to be made wider.
Thus, it was decided that two generations would meet on this double album: composers and performers debuting in the 1970s and the 1990s – teachers, students, colleagues, perhaps even rivals.
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