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Songs of Amber

Songs of Amber

This 1990 album features traditional and modern Latvian songs performed by Dzintars, Latvia's leading female choir. Consisting of 67 voices, two conductors, one piano, and one organ, Dzintars was founded in 1947. Dzintars: Songs of Amber was their first and only U.S. release. “Dzintar” is the Latvian word for amber, a symbol of Latvian national identity representing beauty, openness and freedom. "The music is high, it's crystalline, and it makes me smile," said Mickey Hart, who co-produced the album with Jerry Garcia. In addition to Latvian selections, the album includes one Russian and three Yiddish folk song settings. Dzintars: Songs of Amber was originally released as part of “THE WORLD” series (now part of the Mickey Hart Collection made available by Smithsonian Folkways).

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Track Listing

101
Blow, Wind, Blow Dzintars 3:10
102
Breaking Flax Dzintars 2:10
103
The Sun Moves Quickly Dzintars 3:07
104
Sleep My Child Dzintars 3:21
105
Song of the Wind Dzintars 2:10
106
So Silent Is the Ukrainian Night Dzintars 2:32
107
The Forest Shook From Dancing Dzintars 2:10
108
Where Have You Been, Brother? Dzintars 2:28
109
Orphan Girl in White Dzintars 4:13
110
Di Raike Dzintars 1:52
111
Christmas Masquerade (Mummery Song) Dzintars 2:32
112
Oi Hanuke Dzintars 1:33
113
Autumn Landscape Dzintars 2:17
114
The Tomtit's Message Dzintars 5:19

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