State Choir "Latvija"
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Laura Teivāne, soprano
Māris Sirmais, conductor
The album Lūgšana (Prayer) is composer Pēteris Vasks' gift to Latvia on its centenary. It contains four vocal symphonic compositions written over the past 40 years. Three of them – Prayer for a Mother, Laudate Dominum and Prayer for Latvia – appear here for the first time in new versions, with Vasks himself having been present during the recording process.
The oldest of the compositions is Prayer for a Mother (1978), initially called the Cantata for Women and with lyrics by Imants Ziedonis. Vasks wrote it, as he says himself, when he was still a young composer. Three different versions of the Missa (2000, 2001, 2005), in which the a cappella choir was joined by the organ and string orchestra, premiered in Copenhagen, Riga and Helsinki. Laudate Dominum (2016) and Prayer for Latvia (2014, 2016) with lyrics by Velta Toma are the most recent compositions.