Lines of Choral Music

Choral Music of various shapes and sizes is what’s in store for this edition of New Sounds. Hear slow, quiet, and affecting Estonian music by Urmas Sisask from a new CD called Baltic Voices. Paul Hillier leads the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, as they sing with patiently, perfectly sustained harmonic tension and dead-on intonation in their native tongue. Plus on the CD, they also take on sacred music selections by Alfred Schnittke. There’s also David Fanshawe’s working of the Muslim Call to Prayer harmoniously juxtaposed with a choral setting of the Christian Kyrie (sung in Latin.) Continuing with sacred music, Stephen Micus recreates his experience of Greek Orthodox liturgical services from the monasteries on Mount Athos. In “Third Night,”, a 22-man choir sings a capella choral pieces (using thousand year old texts.) Rounding out the show is music from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the unmatched masters of the South African a cappella form known as "isicathamiya" or "mbube."

PROGRAM #2332 Choral Music (Mon. 10-18-04)







Igitur Servus [1:30]

Danu #012

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Baltic Voices 2

Urmas Sisask:Oremus [8:30]

Harmonia mundi #907331** *


Deep Dead Blue

Nobilis Humilis [4:30]

Danu #007

Stephan Micus


The Third Night [6:30]

ECM #523-292 *

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Classic Tracks

Bamnqobile [3:30]

Shanachie #43074** *

Bobby McFerrin


Circlesong Six [8:00]

Sony #62734***

David Fanshawe

African Sanctus

Kyrie/Call To Prayer [3:00]

Silva Classics #6003**

Alfred Schnittke

Psalms of Repentance

Psalm XII [8:30]

ECM #1583 *

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Baltic Voices 2

Galima Grigorjeva: On Leaving [3:00]

See above.

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