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Dzintars: Songs of Amber

The Dzintars Latvian Women's Choir

Initial release : March 1990

Rykodisc RCD 10130

Produced by Garcia and Mickey Hart.

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  • Blow, Wind, Blow (Traditional arr. Andrejs Jujans)
  • Breaking Flax (Peter Plakidis)
  • The Sun Moves Quickly (Traditional arr. Jekabs Graubinsh)
  • Sleep My Child (Traditional)
  • Song of the Wind (Rainis / Traditional)
  • So Silent is the Ukranian Night (A. Pushkin / R. Shchedrin)
  • The Forest Shook from Dancing (Traditional arr. Y. Graubinsh)
  • Where have you been, Brother ? (Selga Mentse)
  • Orphan Girl in White (Selga Mentse)
  • Di Raike (Traditional)
  • Christmas Masquerade (Peteris Vasks)
  • Oi Hanuke (Traditional)
  • Autumn Landscape (Rainis / Margers Zarinsh)
  • The Tomtit's Message (Peteris Vasks)

  • 76 singers are listed in the CD booklet; plus;

  • Imants Cepitis - chief conductor
  • Ausma Derkevica - conductor
  • Inesse Galante - soloist (Latvian State Opera and Ballet Theatre)
  • Aivars Kalejs - organ
  • Gunta Malevica - choir master
  • Ruta Vintule - accompanist, piano
  • Dzintars - arrangements

  • Producer - Mickey Hart, Jerry Garcia
  • Engineer - Tom Flyte
  • Assistant engineer - Jeff Sterling, MT Silvia, Kris Wiskes
  • Digital mastering - Joe Gastwirt
  • Recorded at Skywater Ranch Soundstage on April 27, 1989
  • Mixed at Front Street Studio, September 27 - October 2, 1989
  • Mixed at Studio X, Petaluma, CA November 15, 1989
  • Vice-minister of Culture, Republic of Latvia - Nellija Janaus
  • Interpreter extraordinaire - Olga Lisagor
  • Series Ethnomusicology Consultant - Fredric Lieberman
  • Liner notes - Laura Rokpelne
  • Photography - Halina Krukowski, John Werner
  • Package design - Steven Jurgensmeyer

Dzintars is the Latvian word for amber.

The Dzinatars choir was formed in 1947, they perform traditional and modern Latvian music as well as songs from other nations. The CD gives an indication of the range of music they perform.

Related releases

Blow, Wind, Blow is included on the sampler CD;

The Tomtit's Message was included on the Rykodisk sampler; Blow, Wind, Blow is included on the sampler CD; Blow, Wind, Blow is included on the sampler CD;