Jānis Ķepītis: Piano Miniatures from the Manuscripts, Volume Two

This item will be released on 2 August 2024.

Catalogue No: TOCC0726
EAN/UPC: 5060113447265
Release Date: 2024-08-02
Composer: Jānis Ķepītis
Artists: Nora Lūse

The Latvian composer Jānis Ķepītis (1908–89) has a fairly low profile even in his home country, never mind beyond its borders. His output was nonetheless substantial, with no fewer than six symphonies to his name, ten concertos, a number of large-scale choral-orchestral pieces, countless songs and choruses and a voluminous body of chamber music – almost all of it unknown. Ķepītis was himself a gifted pianist, and his hundred or so compositions for piano show a predilection for the miniature. The works here, most of them discovered among his manuscripts, inhabit a world downstream from Skryabin and Rachmaninov, with a gentle hint of Debussy, an occasional wisp of Latvian folk-music,
and, here and there, just a hint of jazz.

Nora Lūse, piano
Jānis Ķepītis, piano (Track 30, rec. 1935)

Listen To This Recording:

Snowflakes (1939) (11:28)

  1. I. A Little Cloud (1:43)
  2. II. Flakes Fall (1:04)
  3. III. Vortex (1:05)
  4. IV. The Story of the Flakes (1:49)
  5. V. Christmas Tree Dreams (2:11)
  6. VI. Waltz (1:10)
  7. VII. Thaw (1:49)
  8. VIII. And Spring Again (0:37)

Portraits (1946) (14:17)

  1. I. Andulis (2:35)
  2. II. Elvīra (3:06)
  3. III. Nanny (1:38)
  4. IV. Vija (1:35)
  5. V. Biruta (2:43)
  6. VI. Niko (2:40)

Mood-Paintings (1956) (20:14)

  1. I. Evening Song (2:10)
  2. II. Anxiety (1:52)
  3. III. Sadness (3:32)
  4. IV. Delight (3:40)
  5. V. Frolic (3:18)
  6. VI. Laugh (1:17)
  7. VII. Solace (4:25)

Mood-Paintings: In the Meadows (1965) (14:14)

  1. I. A Ray of Sunshine (2:11)
  2. II. Butterfly and Boy (2:30)
  3. III. Youthful Delight (3:24)
  4. IV. The Black Cloud (4:10)
  5. V. After Rain (1:59)

Impressions of an Evening (1974) (4:28)

  1. I. Moderato (1:13)
  2. II. Andante tranquillo (1:12)
  3. III. In Movimento (2:03)

Līgo Night (1935)

  1. III. St. John’s Fire (5:59)

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