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a dream of christmas

  • author: Inese Zandere
  • illustrator: Irēna Lūse
  • composer: Andrejs Laukmanis

isbn: 978-9984-820-55-2

size: 20,5 x 25,5 cm

quantity: 40 pages

year: 2012

price: 7,20 €

The Dream of Christmas book and CD set (comprising an illustrated poetry volume and a CD also featuring PDF files of the sheet music to the songs) offers a light and warm Christmas and winter mood. The book and the music evoke both lyrical and cheerful moods. It is meant to be enjoyed by children and the older generations together: after all, Christmas is a time of family bonding.

 

The Christmas dream starts in a stable by the manger where the miracle is witnessed and announced by animals: a cow, a horse and a lamb. The Star of Bethlehem and church bells; freezing hands and silent wishes; the aroma of gingerbread and tits perched on snow-covered branches; cat’s paw prints in the snow, dancing snowmen and the delicious smell of piping hot sauerkraut soup: all of these images emerge from the blue nights and winter snowstorms of the artist Irēna Lūse’s watercolours, warming the dreamer’s heart with words, colours and tunes. The church towers and parks of Riga and bridges across the River Daugava are all easily recognisable in the illustrations.

 

The record features the Vivace girls’ choir of the Jāzeps Mediņš Riga School of Music No. 1 (conductor Andra Fenhane); the actress Guna Zariņa (the JRT Theatre) and musicians Ieva Saliņa, Jānis Ansons, Jānis Vaivods and Helēna Laukmane. The book and CD set was designed by Rūta Briede and Artis Briedis and published with the support of the AS Trimen Tractors company.