Talivaldis Kenins 100

Talivaldis Kenins, one of the founders of the Toronto Latvian Concert Association, would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2019.  This, coincidentally, also marked the year of the XV Latvian Song Festival in Canada, which took place from July 4-7, 2019, in Toronto. Happening every five years in Canada since 1953, Kenins was for decades, a major force in the organization and success of these festivals. 

The 2019 festival included a number of works by the composer including these, linked below, sung by the State Choir Latvija conducted by Maris Sirmais.

Saulīt’ vēlu vakarā/The Setting Sun, Talivaldis Kenins T.dz., State Choir Latvija, Māris Sirmais – YouTube

Svešie dārzi / Unfamiliar Gardens, Talivaldis Kenins(Veronika Strēlerte), State Choir Latvija – YouTube

 

TALIVALDIS KENINS – A PARTIAL DISCOGRAPHY

CANADIAN MUSIC CENTRE DISCS

CMC-CD 26519Canadian Amber

  • Concerto for Piano with String Orchestra and percussion (1990) World Premiere recording

CMC-CD 5997

  • Sonata for cello and piano (1950)
  • Concertante for flute and piano (1966)
  • Piano Quartet No. 2 (1979)

CMC-CD 9403 “Portraits” (2 CD’s)

  • Documentary and interviews (CD 1)
  • Septuor (winds and strings 1948-49)
  • Piano Sonata No.1
  • Quintet (piano and winds)
  • Symphony No. 4

CBC RECORDINGS

SMCD 5131 I Musici de Montreal

  • Partita for Strings on Lutheran Chorales (1983)

ACM 33 CD 1-4Anthology of Canadian Music

  • Talivaldis Kenins talks with Eric McLean
  • Septuor (1948-49)
  • Suite concertante for cello and piano (1955)
  • Piano Quartet No.1 (1957-58)
  • Divertimento for clarinet and piano (1960)
  • Beatae Voces Tenebrae for orchestra (1977)
  • Piano Sonata No. 1 (1960)
  • Bonhomme! Bonhomme! for choir (1962)
  • Suite in D for organ (1967)
  • Symphony No. 4 (1972
  • Violin Concerto (1974) with Steven Staryk
  • Sinfonia Notturna for organ (1978)
  • Quintet for piano and winds (1983)
  • Sonata No. 3 for piano (1985)

OTHER RECORDINGS

LMIC/SKANI  088

  • Violin concerto (1974) with Eva Bindere
  • Concerto for Five Percussionists and Orchestra (1983)
  • Beatae voces Tenebrae (1977)

ONDINE ODE 1350-2

  • Concerto di camera No. 1 (1981)
  • Concerto for Piano, Strings and Percussion (1990)
  • Symphony No. 1 (1959)

ULMA – 123 RIX Piano Quartet

  • Piano Quartet No. 1 (1958)

LRCD – 038 Colloquens Patriae – Chamber music

  • Colloquens Patriae for cello and piano
  • Piano quartet No. 1
  • Die Zauberklarinette for solo clarinet

INDEPENDENT RELEASES

On the Bridge – Chamber music by Latvian composers“: Ilona Kudina (2006)

  • Fantasy variations on an Inuit lullaby

Bridge across the Seas – Music by Latvian and Canadian composers“: Vilma Indra Vitols (2010)

  • Melodies for Amanda for mezzo soprano and piano
  • Two Latvian folksongs (1960): Silta saule, karsta saule and Ai, zaļai līdaciņa