No 1: Vakars 'Evening' Veras debess spodras acis 'The sky opens its shining eyes'
No 2: Lugšana 'Prayer' Lai semei sapes nav, kad manas kajas to min 'Let not the earth feel pain when I tread on it'
No 3: Debess 'Heaven' Cik dzila tu, debess 'How deep you are, Heaven'
The daughter of an organ-builder and an organist, Einfelde was born in Valmiera, near the Estonian border, where she felt the horrors of the Soviet occupation particularly deeply. Always something of an outsider in Latvian music she has patiently and painstakingly gone her own way, finally gaining international recognition in 1997 when she won the Barlow Endowment for Music competition for her Aeschylus cantata Pie zemes talas … (‘At the Edge of the Earth…’).
Written in 2003 Cikls ar Frica Bardas dzeju (‘A cycle of Fricis Barda poems’) comprises three settings of one of Latvia’s best-loved writers. Barda, who died in 1919 at the age of thirty-nine, was one of a group of poets who turned their back on realism in favour of a higher synthesis of romanticism and naturalism. Einfelde responds to these pantheistic miniatures with music of quiet integrity and intensity, the shifting modal harmony flecked with chromaticism, the choral textures immaculately sifted and weighed. Here there is no obvious word-illustration, no overt drama, for like the Latvian landscape this is music painted in ‘grey, green, brown and the colour of the sun’.
from notes by Gabriel Jackson © 2010