1998: SIA / Riga Recording Studio RS 018
divi kāzu dz.
ganu dz.Ganiņa Raudas / Cowherds Weeping
ganu dz.Melngalve, Raibgalve! / Dark Head, Motley Head!
Lielās dienas dziesma
(Līvu Himna) / Livonian Hymn
Its Astā, Veļ, Tȭlpa Pǟl! that hypnotized me into requiring this rarity in my library. My Latvian coworker Ints, with whom Id shared various Ilgi celebrations, loaned me his copy of this CD and it required great willpower on my part to return it to him. As it was, it took me a long time to hunt down a copy for myself and when I did I bought two or three extra copies for friends I knew Id eventually want to give it to.
As with Tumša Nakts, Zaļa Zāle on Ilgis Riti, Astā, Veļ, Tȭlpa Pǟl! is absolutely magical, but unlike the latter this is a ritual recorded with fervent pride (the latter having been given more secretive reverence), the delicate interweaving of the two kokles providing the sense of a magical spark that animates the whole.
An interesting enhancement to my appreciation for this album came in August 2009 when I heard on Radio Oira another version of that beautiful latter tracksuch a hauntingly beautiful melody was almost immediately recognizable, and by the end of the recording Id discovered that it was doubly recognizable because the primary singer was none other than Julgi Stalte, the Stalti Family daughter on this album! This other version was recorded by a Latvian group called Tulli Lum of which shes an integral member, and its Latvian name is Asta, Vel, Tola Pal. Good luck finding a copy of the CD its on, however Im not finding much out there so far even through my usual Baltic sources.
Comments © 2007 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.