JĀZEPS VĪTOLS (1863-1948): Berceuse, Op. 41/1, Mazurka, Op. 9/1, Valse, Op. 9/2, Prelude, Op. 16/2, Lullaby, Op, Op. 18/1, Song of the Waves, Op. 41/2, JĀNIS ZĀLĪTIS (1884-1943): Album Leaf, Mazurkas in E Minor an in G Flat, Poem, Prelude, Reminiscence, Effortless Delight, JĀNIS IVANOVS (1906-1983): 5 Preludes (1952-53), 5 Preludes (1976-79), ĀDOLFS SKULTE (1909-2000): Arietta, PĒTERIS VASKS (b.1946): Music for a Summer Evening, White Scenery, ARTURS MASKATS (b.1957): Kazbegi: Tsminda-Sameba.
Catalogue Number: 07U041
Reference: LMIC/Skani 060
Description: The Osokins are Latvia’s family equivalent of Estonia’s Järvis except that they are pianists not conductors. Here they bring us a 77-minute recital of Latvian piano music to celebrate their country’s 100-year anniversary this year. 55 of those minutes are devoted to late Romanticism - Vītols, Skulte, Ivanovs (typically serious and dark) and Zālītis (but with intimations of Scriabin in two of his seven pieces) - and the rest to Vasks (tonal, predominantly consonant, concerned with nature, beauty and spirituality, White Scenery part of his cycle The Seasons which we offered together with Summer Evening on Wergo back in 2010 - 08M084) and Maskats, whose 12-minute piece is inspired by and named after a Georgian monastery high in the Caucasus mountains on Mt. Kazbek and conveys the colors of the site and the feelings of numinous majesty that inhabit the place through music of developing counterpoint and keyboard color. Georgijs Osokins, Sergejs Osokins, Andrejs Osokins (piano).