CD Music in Latvia 2004
Alongside the brochure Music in Latvia, this CD aims to introduce the main forces of the contemporary music scene in Latvia - the Latvian Radio Choir and the State Choir Latvija, the Riga Chamber Players, the ensemble Altera Veritas, composers Maija Einfelde, Pēteris Butāns, Andris Dzenītis, Marina Gribinčika, Indra Riše, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Jānis Petraškevičs and others.
CD Saules lēkts. Latvian Composers Series
LMIC CD - 2005 - 3
Choral compositions by Maija Einfelde, Andris Dzenītis and Juris Ābols.
Performed by the Latvian Radio Choir. Conductors: Sigvards Kļava and Kaspars Putniņš.
Recordings from 2002-2004.
CD Music in Latvia 2005
LMIC CD - 2005 - 4
Symphonic opuses by Andrejs Jurjāns, Jāzeps Vītols, Jānis Mediņš, Jānis Ivanovs, Ādolfs Skulte, Romualds Kalsons, Imants Kalniņš, Pēteris Plakidis and Ēriks Ešenvalds.
Performed by the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and the Riga Chamber Players.
Conductors Leonīds Vīgners, Vassily Sinaisky, Imants Resnis, Normunds Šnē.
Double CD Symphonia Ipsa
LMIC CD - 2005 - 5/6
This CD celebrates the 125th anniversary of the first Latvian symphonic score and The Year of Latvian Symphonic Music. „This double disc is not meant to be an anthology, as that would require the presence of at least 50 composers, but, by taking a look at the world of nine composers, it still will give the listener a condensed view of nine aspects of Latvian symphonic music" (Arnolds Klotiņš).
Music by Andrejs Jurāns, Marģeris Zariņš, Pēteris Plakidis, Artūrs Grīnups, Jānis Ivanovs, Romualds Kalsons, Pēteris Vasks, Ēriks Ešenvalds.
Performers: Nora Novika (piano), Rafi Haradžanjans (piano), Pēteris Plakidis (piano), the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia concertante, Riga Chamber Players. Conductors: Leonīds Vīgners, Imants Resnis, Vassily Sinaisky, Normunds Šnē, Andris Vecumnieks, Gints Glinka.
CD Winning Music. Award winning compositions by Latvian composers
LMIC 007, 2006
For three successive years, Latvian composers have won awards at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers - either in the General or the Young Composers category. Success like that is unprecedented here in Latvia and needed to be documented. Winning works by Ēriks Ešenvalds (2006), Mārtiņš Viļums (2005), Pēteris Butāns (2005) and Santa Ratniece (2004), and the 2005 Moscow Jurgenson Competition winning composition by Andris Dzenītis are included on the CD.
Performers: the Latvian Radio Choir, the Latvian Radio Chamber Singers, Altera Veritas, Ensemble Nove, New Music Concerts. Conductors: Sigvards Kļava, Kaspars Putniņš, Robert Aitken.
CD Native Music. Traditional / Folk / World-Music / LATVIA
LMIC 008, 2006
This compilation CD aims to demonstrate the spectrum of the recent approaches to the very rich and very ancient tradition of Latvian folk music, which, it is believed, stretches back even to the Bronze Age, and has preserved surprisingly ancient forms and modes of expression.
Selection of numerous folk and world-music bands and musicians, such as Iļģi, Auļi, Patina, Auri, Laiksne, Aīda Rancāne, Margarita Šakina and others.
CD Music in Latvia 2007
LMIC 010 - 2007
Music by V. Dārziņš, J. Ivanovs, J. Petraškevičs, M. Viļums, V. Šmīdbergs, J. Karlsons and post-folklore ensemble Iļģi.
Performed by Lelde Paula (piano), Juris Kalnciems (piano), Leons Veldre (cello), the Latvian Radio Choir Chamber Singers (conductor Kaspars Putniņš), ensemble Altera Veritas and orchestra Kremerata Baltica.
CD Pop / Rock / LATVIA <2008
LMIC 011, 2008
A selection of 18 pop and rock groups and artists, such as Brainstorm, Cosmos, Marie N, Intars Busulis, Tribes of the City, Melo M, showing the stylistic variety as well as the artistic potential of the Latvian pop/rock scene. A historical overview by Daiga Mazvērsīte is included.
CD Electronica / LATVIA <2008
LMIC 012, 2008
This compilation is intended to demonstrate the range of musical ambience created by the new generation of Latvian electronic music artists, such as Martinez Gonzalez, NGC-5128, Astrowind, Selffish, Deep-Z and many others. A historical introduction by Māris Grīnvalds is included.
CD Native Music 2. Traditional / Folk / World-Music / LATVIA
LMIC 013, 2008
Compiled by ethno-musicologist and Latvian Radio folk-music producer Gita Lancere, this CD demonstrates a small part of the Latvian Radio folklore-related archive - recordings from the 1980s and 1990s as well as recent recordings of folklore groups, ethnographic ensembles and even solo performances by authentic folk-singers.
CD Jazz / LATVIA <2008
LMIC 014, 2008
This CD contains examples of the latest and most intriguing jazz music recordings made in the studios of Latvian Radio, and provides an insight into what we know as the Latvian jazz tradition, featuring Raimonds Pauls, the Māris Briežkalns trio, Intars Busulis, Patina, Riga Groove Electro and others. A historical overview by Indriķis Veitners is included.
Double CD Latvian String Quartets
LMIC 015, 2008
The "Latvian String Quartets" double album's first CD includes Jāzeps Vītols' String Quartet in G major, op. 27 (1899), which marks the beginning of the Latvian string quartet genre; Emilis Melngailis' folkloric and somewhat naive "Quasi uno quartetto"(1946), almost "improper" within the standards and frameworks of the genre, and Jānis Ivanovs' 1st String Quartet (1932). The second CD in this compilation reflects the changes in the string quartet genre in Latvia in the second half of the 20th century, and includes compositions by Romualds Kalsons, Imants Zemzaris, Pauls Dambis, Maija Einfelde, Santa Ratniece and Mārtiņš Viļums.
Double CD Music for Winds by Latvian composers
LMIC 016, 2008
Regarding "Music for Winds by Latvian Composers", the album of woodwind music, the original plan was to release a collection of works composed during the "prime" period of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra's Wind Quintet - music by Artūrs Grīnups, Pēteris Plakidis, Pēteris Vasks, and Imants Zemzaris, created in the 1970s and 1980s. However, it became clear that simply reminiscing would not be enough - the circle had to be made wider. Thus, it was decided that two generations would meet on this double album: composers and performers debuting in the 1970s and the 1990s - teachers, students, colleagues, perhaps even rivals.
Of course, notions of novelty in the 20th century change quickly, and thus, it is only natural that, on the second disc of this double album, we hear the young composers of the 1990s ascribing to very different aesthetic values than their predecessors, particularly in their revival of the radical musical polemics of the 1950s avant-garde. This is reflected in compositions by Rolands Kronlaks, Rihards Dubra, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Santa Ratniece and Marina Gribinčika.
CD Native Music 3. Traditional / Folk / World music / LATVIA
LMIC 017, 2008
The CD offers a glimpse into Latvian ethno/folk/world music’s most current events and latest releases. Folk and world-music bands and musicians include Iļģi, Vilkači, Saucējas, Ieva Akurātere, Alberts Mednis, Milda Valtere, The Latvian Radio Choir and, last but not least, the Latvian ex-president Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga!
CD Music in Latvia 2009
LMIC 018, 2009
Mariss Jansons, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Elīna Garanča, and Andris Nelsons. What does this handful of musicians have in common? Three things: they are artists of international renown, they were born in Riga, and the foundation of their musical education was laid right here in the Latvian capital.
Is Riga a great springboard for an international career? Without a doubt. But this time, the city has inspired us to write about those musicians working diligently here at home, like Sinfonietta Rīga, the RIX Piano quartet, Schola Cantorum Rīga, the Riga Saxophone Quartet, and the Riga Youth Choir KAMĒR.... The centenarian Ādolfs Skulte, whose cantata Rīga appeared back in the nineteen-fifties, and the thirty-year-old composer Santa Ratniece, who seeks and finds inspiration far beyond Latvian borders, are also featured in this issue.
The supplementary CD includes music by Ādolfs Skulte, Santa Ratniece, Pēteris Vasks, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Rihards Dubra, performed by the Latvian Radio choir (conductor Sigvards Kļava), the State Chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga (conductor Normunds Šnē), Riga Youth Chamber choir Kamēr... (conductor Māris Sirmais), the RIX Piano Quartet, Riga Saxophone Quartet, Schola Cantorum Riga, the Latvian National Symphony orchestra (conductor Aleksandrs Viļumanis).
CD Native Music 4. Traditional / Folk / World-Music / LATVIA
LMIC 019, 2009
The CD introduces six new Latvian folk /ethnic /traditional /world music albums released in 2009. The selection includes Latvian bands Iļģi, Baļķi, Trejasmens, Auļi, Laiksne, Skyforger as well as Georgian The Shin.
CD New Music from Latvia <2009
LMIC 020, 2009
Excerpts from symphonic and vocal symphonic music compositions by Marina Gribinčika, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Gustavs Fridrihsons, Ilona Breģe, Santa Ratniece, Vilnis Šmīdbergs, Juris Karlsons, Rihards Dubra, Anitra Tumševica, Andris Vecumnieks, Kristaps Pētersons.
CD Ādolfs Skulte. Symhonies No. 5 and No. 9
LMIC 021, 2009
„In the music of Ādolfs Skulte (1909-2000), a classical mind, a logical strictness, and an academic formal seriousness coexists with a fiery sense of orchestral colour, an impulsive dancingness, and a sensuous concreteness which is revealed throughout his work in an almost painterly artistic thinking, an almost objectively captured sound painting.” (Ingrida Zemzare)
CD Egīls Šēfers. Northern Sun. Contemporary Latvian Chamber Music for Clarinet / Zeitgenössische lettische Kammermusik für Klarinette
LMIC 022, 2010
„The world knows very little about Latvia. Many people confuse Latvia with Lithuania, mistake the Baltics for the Balkans, and are surprised to learn that there is a Latvian language — which is not at all similar to Russian. This album is an attempt to tell about my nation, its culture and its soul. In it, I’ve displayed the range of Latvian contemporary music for clarinet — everything from solo music to quintet. I’ve also tried to show the different ways in which Latvian composers have approached the instrument. I’m happy that, as a musician, I can do this by playing such a colorful and diverse musical repertoire. Like my teacher Ģirts Pāže, who once debuted the works by Imants Zemzaris and Maija Einfelde included in this album, I’ve had the chance to collaborate closely with Andris Dzenītis, Jānis Petraškevičs, Mārīte Dombrovska, and Santa Ratniece, all composers of my own generation,” says clarinetist Egīls Šēfers in the introductory notes to the newly released CD.
Egīls Šēfers (b.1978) is one of the most renowned young Latvian clarinetists — a natural soloist who can perform even the most complex passages with incredible ease. Šēfers delves carefully into musical texts, uncovering their deepest layers. Šēfers studied clarinet with Ģirts Pāže at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2001. He continued to perfect his performance skills in Stockholm and later in the United Sates, where he earned a master’s degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, studied in the doctoral program at Indiana University Bloomington, where he also held a position of Associate Instructor of clarinet. He has performed in the U.S. and Canada both as a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles and orchestras. He has forged his performance skills by training with many world-famous clarinetists, including Kjell-Inge Stevenson, John Graulty, Richard Stoltzman, Charles Neidich, and Eli Eban. With Eric Hoeprich, he learned the art of early clarinet playing, and in Denmark he held the Principal Clarinet position with the Odense Symphony Orchestra.
Šēfers is currently a member of the Danish woodwind quintet Carion.
CD Native Music 5. Traditional / Folk / World-Music / LATVIA
LMIC 023, 2010