Pēteris Plakidis | Eternity
Sigvards Kļava - conductor
Latvian Radio Choir
"Zvana vārdi" (Words of the Bell)
"Izkapts ābelē" (Scythe in the Apple Tree)
"Papardes zieds" (Fern Blossom)
"Div’ buramdziesmas" (Two Magic Songs)
"Maizes dziesma" (Song of Bread)
Two Chants from the Old Testament
"Kurzemes krasts, Vidzemes krasts (Shore of Kurzeme, Shore of Vidzeme)"
"Fatamorgana" (Fata Morgana)
"Saulīt, mīļā māmulīt" (Dear Mother, the Sun)
"Mūža aina" (A Life)
"Ausmas stundā" (Daybreak)
"Jāņa bērnam" (To the Midsummer Child)
"Tavas saknes tavā zemē" (Your Roots in Your Land)
"Pēteris Plakidis (1947–2017) is – and will remain – one of the most significant Latvian composers. He observed life with a keen, sharp gaze and echoed it in his music firmly, strictly, actively. He tread quietly and imperceptibly yet resolutely and decisively in the realm of the nation’s spirit (in composition, pedagogy, performance art, theatre and cinema). He persisted and has endured.
At first glance (or listen), Plakidis was a true instrumentalist, creating everything from miniatures to ambitious, voluminous works. In addition, an opus sparkling in unchecked humour would often swirl up next to his ever-substantial, frequently tense, contradictory works. While these pieces were invitations to repose from the usual chain of ideas and intonations, in fact they usually served as supplements, escapades, a spark of fantasy. But quite soon a clear turn, or even push, towards vocal chamber music appeared. The solo song, which had long lived in the vitality of enthusiastic lyrics, suddenly lit up with a completely different, tense and polemically intense character."