LATVIAN NATIONAL RECORD LABEL

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Prayer
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Prayer


works
1. Pēteris Vasks Prayer for a Mother 12:17
/Imants Ziedonis/
2. Pēteris Vasks Laudate Dominum 12:52
3. Pēteris Vasks Missa 29:01
4. Pēteris Vasks Prayer for Latvia 3:27
/Velta Toma/
performers

State Choir "Latvija"

Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra "Riga"

Laura Teivāne, soprano

Māris Sirmais, conductor

 

series
1
recorded
2018
description

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.

 

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