|Best of Folk Music from Latvia CD |
Irina Georgieva Plays Rachmoninoff Violins, accordions, waltz times, and pure, stirring vocal strains mark the traditional music of Latvia, a style that has, since the late 1990s, had an increasingly wider influence on world music acts and open-minded indie-rockers like Beirut. This 18-track collection gathers the best of its kind for over an hour of soothing, pretty, and haunting, minor-key acoustic ballads.
Recording information: Studio "Lauska" (2003-2007); Studio GEM (2003-2007); Studio SWH (2003-2007); Studio TMC (2003-2007).
Photographer: Juris Zalans.
Translators: Diz Heller; Leannine Blanpain; Daina Zalane.
Unknown Contributor Role: Gatis Gaujenieks.
Arrangers: Edgars "Zirgs" Grabovskis; Kaspars Barbals.
Personnel: Ieva Akuratere, Inese Osa, Toms Voits, Julgi Stalte (vocals, guitar); Gatis Valters (vocals, mandolin, drums, sampler); Justs Dimants, Dina Kalnina (vocals, mandolin); Ieva Murniece (vocals, violin, flute); Kristine Karkle, Lauma Garkalne, Ilga Reizniece (vocals, violin); Kaspars Barbals (vocals, flute, pipe, bagpipe); Gvido Tobis, Ieva Lakute, Zita Bankevica, Karlis Bringis, Silvija Briede, Diana Smuska (vocals, flute); Maris Muktupavels, Edgars Karklis (vocals, bagpipe, accordion); Janis Feldmanis, Baiba Susko (vocals, accordion); Davis Stalts, Andrejs Planders, Karolis Treijs (vocals, drums); Vineta Romane (vocals, ...