Georgs Pelécis is Latvian, musically educated in the Soviet era in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire where his composition teacher was Aram Khachaturian and his classmate was Gidon Kremer. That in itself should be a clue that we are not looking at a hard-nosed modernist. He is one of his country's most important composers and is a professor at the Latvian Academy of Music. His compositional style has been described as new consonant music but also with an ancestry stretching back to the Renaissance and forward to minimalism. The most significant difference to his Baltic counterpart Arvo Part is the rhythmic drive that permeates all of his music that I have heard.