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Amber can still be picked up on Baltic shores, little fragments of frozen time. This unique musical project saw 17 composers from 16 countries assigned folksongs from the Latvian ‘people’s archive’. The resulting arrangements and re-compositions are performed by the unfailingly beautiful Kamer…, whose youthful energy is strongly asserted in Lithuanian composer Vytautas Miškinis’s opening Rotašana, an outdoor chant in which young women welcome the arrival of spring. It’s a high point of set that doesn’t drift in quality or in performance from there to Russian Vladimir Martynov’s closing set of songs, musical haiku. Amber comes in many colours and shapes and there are fine things along the way from Ethan Sperry (US), Param Vir (India), Gabriel Jackson (UK) and Kasia Głowicka (Poland) – Latvian Evija Skuke is the only other woman, for some reason – but it’s the totality of the thing that counts. This music glows.

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