Latvian composer Peteris Plakidis (born 1947) enjoyed official success under Soviet rule, being named the People’s Artist in 1990. His work has been widely recorded including an all-plakidis CD released by Toccata Classics, and was, like fellow Latvian Peteris Vasks, inspired by nature and folk music.
In a long and distinguished career, Argentine cellist and composer
José Bragato (born 1915) was best known as a member of Astor Piazzolla’s Nuevo Tango ensembles. Also the principal cellist of a number of orchestras, his own compositions included the popular Graciela y Buenos Aires for cello and string orchestra.