This week DVDs from 2020 festivals will be released while a choral album will showcase new works from some of Latvia’s renowned composers.
Let’s take a look!
SKANi will release Aeternum, a 3-year project from the State Choir “Latvija” and its Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Māris Sirmais, to mark Latvia’s 2018 centenary celebrations. The album features 77 of Latvia’s most dynamic choral composers in music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Irīna Mihailovska, Valts Pūce Dziesmu, Andris Dzenītis, Pēteris Vasks, Rihards Zaļupe, Uldis Marhilēvičs, Vilnis Šmīdbergs, Maija Einfelde, Andris Kontauts, Anna Ķirse, Jānis Aišpurs, Ansis Sauka, Juris Kulakovs, Raimonds Tiguls, and Jēkabs Jančevskis
In a statement Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Māris Sirmais said, “The works composed in this initiative are dedicated to the best amateur choirs in Latvia and will introduce the world to the high quality of Latvian music. The goal was to create real and lasting spiritual values that will live on long after our country’s centenary. We can take pride in the fact that such a relatively small nation has not only so many composers creating such high-calibre music, but also choirs that can perform it at such a high level.”
Erato releases Mozart’s masterpiece from the Summer 2020 Salzburg Festival which celebrated its 100th anniversary. Christoph Loy directed the production which was conducted by Joana Malwitz. The opera stars Elsa Dreisig, Marianne Crebassa, Lea Desandre, Bogdan Volkov, Andrè Schuen, and Johannes Martin Kränzle.
Dynamic releases Verdi’s Requiem from September, which featured a special outdoor performance at the Festival Verdi in Parma. The performance honored both the many local citizens who had died of COVID-19 and the health workers who had responded to the health crisis. Roberto Abbado led the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini and the Chorus of the Teatro Regio di Parma with a cast that includes Eleonora Buratto, Anita Rachvelishvili, Giorgio Berrugi, and Roberto Tagliavini.