#3773: Choral Music from Latvia and Estonia

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Composer Arvo Pärt in a recording session

Listen to choral music from the Baltic region on this New Sounds, specifically, from Latvia and Estonia. Hear music by Estonian composers Veljo Tormis, and Arvo Pärt, as well as a Latvian choir singing Estonian music, in a work by Arvo Pärt. Then, there’s music for choir and wine glasses from Estonian Eriks Esenvalds, as performed by the British mixed vocal octet Voces8.

Listen to nostalgic, but somewhat bleak music from Latvian composer Maija Einfelde, as sung by the Latvian Radio Choir. Einfelde sets poetry by Vilis Plūdons, with the choir accompanied by an unusual combination of clarinet, harp and bells.  The Latvian Radio Choir also sings music by Gavin Bryars, from his "On Photography."

Then, hear music by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, as sung by the Irish Youth Chamber Choir  which sings of the eternal, and of nature, of our earth, in a work which translates as "Mother Sun." Arvo Pärt’s Estonian Lullaby closes the show.  (Note: Arvo Pärt turned 80 this year.) 


PROGRAM #3773 Choral Music from Latvia and Estonia (First Aired 09-15-2015)





The Hilliard Ensemble


Arvo Pärt: De profundis, excerpt [2:00]

ECM 1325

Veljo Tormis

Casting a Spell

Kiik tahab kindaid (The Swing Asks for Gifts) [2:03]

Virgin #45185 
Out of print, but tryAmazon.com*

Arvo Pärt / Cappella Breda

Magnificat Antiphonen

Seven Magnificat-O Adonai [2:35]

Erasmus WVH054 Out of print. The piece was later reissued on Regis #1003, which is also out of print.



Eriks Esenvalds: Stars [4:04]

Decca  002260102  
Available at Arkivmusic.com

Chamber Choir Versija | Juris Vaivods, conductor

Henryk Gorecki: Totus Tuus

Arvo Pärt: O Emmanuel [4:09]

Jade 36127, reissued as Jade 48798
Available at Amazon.com 

Latvian Radio Choir, Conductor Kaspars Putnins 

On Photography

Expressa Solis: Tersa Perfetta [17:13]


Latvian Radio Choir, Conductor Sigvards Kļava

Pie zemes talas (At The Edge Of The Earth)

Maija Einfelde: Manas bernibas majas (My Childhood Home) [8:38]

Latvijas Radio #033 
Out of print. Info here: musicabaltica.deem.lv

Irish Youth Chamber Choir

Rise up, my Love

Peteris Vasks: Máte saule (Mother Sun) [5:36]

Ergodos ER17

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tonu Kaljuste, conductor


Adam’s Lament

Arvo Pärt: Estonian Lullaby

ECM 2225