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Esenvalds: Passion and Resurrection / Carolyn Sampson, Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton

Album Summary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Passion and Resurrection, for voice, chorus & orchestra
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Evening, for chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Night Prayer, for chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : A Drop in the Ocean, for chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Legende de la femme emmuree (Legend of the Walled-In Woman), for 2 soprano soloists & chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Long Road, for chorus
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Latvian composer Eriks Eenvalds’ Passion & Resurrection for strings, choir and soloists is a powerful meditation on the story of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Eschewing the single narrative perspective that characterizes the great Passion settings of the past, the composer has assembled an interlocking mosaic of texts from the gospels, from Byzantine and Roman liturgies and from the Old Testament. Stephen Layton’s commitment to new Baltic music is well-known and he has a deep understanding of the musical language of the area as reflected by performances of great integrity and passion. This recording is particularly splendid, featuring not only the matchless Polyphony and Britten Sinfonia but also Carolyn Sampson, crowning the performance with her extraordinary singing.

"Within seconds I knew I was going to adore this disc...everything here has in common a wonderful sincerity of expression and a shimmering sense of colour...If the music wasn't so utterly gorgeous, I would happily devote several hundred words to praising Stephen Layton for these totally absorbing performances." -International Record Review

"The star is soprano Carolyn Sampson, whose rich timbre and effortless ascents into the stratosphere crown this splendid performance." -Gramophone

BBC Music Magazine
Eenvalds responds to the purpose of the words he sets, occupying similar choral territory to the likes of Whitacre and Shchedrin, character rather than ego dominating. Carolyn Sampson is the featured guest on the title piece and sings superbly, but there is also very fine work by soloists from within Polyphony, particularly the sopranos...Polyphony typically balances beauty of timbre with precise articulation and empathy with the texts

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/10/2010); All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/12/2010-04/13/2010).



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>Esenvalds, Eriks : Passion and Resurrection, for voice, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Britten Sinfonia
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/10/2010); All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/12/2010-04/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Evening, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/10/2010); All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/12/2010-04/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Night Prayer, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/10/2010); All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/12/2010-04/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Esenvalds, Eriks : A Drop in the Ocean, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/10/2010); All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/12/2010-04/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Légende de la femme emmurée (Legend of the Walled-In Woman), for 2 soprano soloists & chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/10/2010); All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/12/2010-04/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Long Road, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/10/2010); All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London (04/12/2010-04/13/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010