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ĶENIŅŠ, T.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6 / Canzona Sonata (Vižine, Latvian National

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« on: May 01, 2021, 10:59:29 pm »

A welcome release, indeed! Symphony No. 4 was previously available on a CBC LP back in the 70s, coupled with Ķeniņš' Violin Concerto. Steven Staryk was the soloist and John Avison conducted both works.

I knew Ķeniņš back in the 1980s and had some interesting conversations with him, as well as a composition masterclass. He once told me that the fugue was his favorite musical form, and if you listen to any amount of Ķeniņš' music you'll encounter fugues quite frequently, as in the 6th Symphony.

There are eight numbered symphonies followed by a nonet subtitled "quasi una sinfonia," as a bit of sly humor to evade the "curse of the ninth symphony." There's also an excellent Sinfonietta from the 1970s. I attended the premieres of a couple of the late symphonies and they're long overdue for commercial recordings. In the meantime, some of Ķeniņš' works can be heard on the Internet Archive in the Pogonyi collection. Also, if you visit the Canadian Music Centre website and sign up for access you can hear all the symphonies.
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