The music of Pēteris Plakidis (1947-2017) is rooted in the melodic character of Latvian folk-music, which imbues all his works with a remarkable strength and beauty. Renaissance and Baroque polyphony and forms, such as fugue, chaconne, canon and variation, provide the strong internal organisation that binds together a remarkable and moving synthesis of disparate elements. Although Plakidis shares some points of contact with the 'Holy Mystics’ among other Baltic composers, such as Arvo Pärt and Pēteris Vasks, his own music evokes the meditative power of nature and the distinct character of his Latvian roots. From these four works a unique voice emerges, a musical personality full of harmonic warmth, rhythmic excitement and dramatic lyricism.
Pēteris Plakidis, piano Antra Bigača, mezzo soprano Uldis Urbāns, oboe Vilnis Pelnēns, oboe Andris Pauls, violin Dzintars Beitāns, violin Riga Chamber Players, chamber orchestra Normunds Šnē, conductor
Songs for the Wind and Blood https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0004/TOCC0004t02.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0004EAN/UPC: 5060113440044Release Date: 26.06.2007Composer: Pēteris Plakidis Artists: Andris Pauls, Antra Bigača, Dzintars Beitāns, Normunds Šnē, Pēteris Plakidis, Riga Chamber Players, Uldis Urbāns, Vilnis Pelnēns
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Phillip Scott :
“All the performances here are committed and gutsy, aided by close, analytical sound. In addition, Plakidis himself is the pianist in the Music for Piano, Strings, and Timpani, giving the recording an added authority. Essential listening for anyone with a penchant for Bartók, this disc proves an exciting discovery.” —Phillip Scott, Fanfare
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