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Northern Lights by Ēriks Ešenvalds

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Published on Sep 11, 2013

State Choir LATVIJA
Conductor Māris Sirmais
Soloist Ansis Bētiņš
Composer Ēriks Ešenvalds

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Latvian folksong and texts by two Arctic explorers Charles Francis HALL (1821-1871) and Fridtjof NANSEN (1861-1930)

Cik naksnīnas pret ziemeli
Redzēj' kāvus karojam;
Karo kāvi pie debesu,
Vedīs karus mūs' zemē.

It was night, and I had gone on deck several times.
Iceberg was silent; I too was silent.
It was true dark and cold.
At nine o'clock I was below in my cabin,
When the captain hailed me with the words:
„Come above, Hall, at once! The world is on fire!"
I knew his meaning, and, quick as thought,
I rushed to the companion stairs.
In a moment I reached the deck,
And as the cabin door swung open,
A dazzling light, overpow'ring light burst upon my startled senses!
Oh, the whole sky was one glowing mass of colored flames, so mighty, so brave!
Like a pathway of light the northern lights seemed to draw us into the sky.
Yes, it was harp-music, wild storming in the darkness;
The strings trembled and sparkled in the glow of the flames
Like a shower of fiery darts.
A fiery crown of auroral light cast a warm glow across the arctic ice.
Again at times it was like softly playing, gently rocking silvery waves,
On which dreams travel into unknown worlds.

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