Content:

Talivaldis Kenins

Symphonies Nos. 4 & 6

Canzona Sonata



Artists:
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Guntis Kuzma, conductor
Santa Vizine, viola

Genres:
Orchestral

Features:

Sleeve notes in English

Format:
CD

Released:
May 2021

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1354-2

EAN/UPC Code:
0761195135426

Track listing

CD 52:40
Talivaldis Kenins (1919-2008)
Symphony No. 4 (1972) 23:16
1 I. Lento Molto animato Piu tranquillo Lento 12:52
2 II. Presto Adagio Con brio Lento subito 10:24
3 Symphony No. 6, "Sinfonia ad fugam" (1978) 18:02
4 Canzona Sonata (1986) 11:22



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Complete description

The first album of orchestral works by one of Latvia’s most prominent composers, Tālivaldis Ķeniņš (1919–2008), released in October 2020 has received a warm response from music critics around the world. This second volume by the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra under conductor Guntis Kuzma includes two symphonies from the 1970s alongside another concertante gem, Canzona Sonata for viola and string orchestra.

 

Although born in Latvia, Ķeniņš lived most of his life as an exile. He was educated in Paris, where he studied under Tony Aubin and Olivier Messiaen, and won several awards. Ķeniņš emigrated to Canada in 1951 and became a respected pedagogue and a very influential figure in Canada’s music life. Alongside his pedagogic work he wrote a sizeable catalogue of works, including several symphonies and concertos. At first Ķeniņš focused on writing works of chamber music and completed his first symphony relatively late, in 1959. During the 1970s and 80s, Ķeniņš wrote several symphonies more becoming a major symphonist. The two symphonies included in this volume are compact orchestral scores from the 1970s. Symphony No. 4 is rich with its fine French orchestral textures, while Symphony No. 6 is an impressive symphonic work based on a fugue theme. The expressive Canzona Sonata for viola and string orchestra written in 1986 is a relatively late work and a wonderful example of the composer’s skills in writing concertante music.

 

The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra is one of the cornerstones of Latvian national culture, its history spans almost a century. The LNSO is a six-time winner of the Latvian Grand Music Award. Since 2013, the music director of the LNSO is maestro Andris Poga, a conductor sought after by top orchestras from around the world. The orchestra’s most notable former music directors include Jānis Mediņš, Leonīds Vīgners, Edgars Tons, Vassily Sinaisky, Olari Elts, and Karel Mark Chichon. Guntis Kuzma has been the orchestra’s conductor since the 2014/15 season and is the orchestra’s former principal clarinetist.