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Mythes Etoiles: Works for choir by Lasse Thoresen, Gyorgy Ligeti, John Cage, Martin Vilums / Latvian Radio Choir

Album Summary

>Thoresen, Lasse : Mythes Etoiles, for chorus
>Ligeti, György : Lux aeterna, for 16 unaccompanied voices
>Vilums, Martins : Gaw ek-dad kard, for chorus
>Cage, John : Four2, for chorus
>Hillborg, Anders : Muoodaeyiywooum
>Tulev, Toivo : Tanto Gentile, for chorus
Conductor Ensembles Composers
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Notes & Reviews:

Mythes etolies contains both exiting new music from the Scandinavian/Baltic area and modern classics for a cappella choir. The main work on the recording is Thoresen's Mythes etoiles, a large-scale, three-movement setting of a poem by Giacinto Scelsi, a masterpiece of similar importance to Olivier Messiaen's Cinq Rechants or Iannis Xenakis's Nuits.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
This mind-expander of a program comes to us from The Concrescence Project, founded by Lasse Thoresen at the Norwegian Academy of Music; he wanted a place where Westerntrained singers could sing experimental music, learn to sing in microtones and how to practice extended techniques, and master diphonic singing (also known as overtone singing). The choir does what I've only ever heard from Baltic choirs and string ensembles - they recreate sonically what sounds only like a frozen, perfectly clear, starry night. I marvel every time I hear it!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Iana Baznica, Riga (2012).



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Works Details

>Thoresen, Lasse : Mythes Étoilés, for chorus
  • Conductor: Kaspars Putnins
  • Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
  • Running Time: 23 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>György Ligeti (Composer) (1923 - 2006) : Lux aeterna, for 16 unaccompanied voices
  • Conductor: Kaspars Putnins
  • Running Time: 9 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1966

>Vilums, Martins : Gaw ek-dad kard, for chorus
  • Conductor: Kaspars Putnins
  • Running Time: 12 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cage, John : Four2, for chorus
  • Conductor: Kaspars Putnins
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1990

>Hillborg, Anders : Muoodaeyïywooum
  • Conductor: Kaspars Putnins
  • Running Time: 13 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983-1986

>Tulev, Toivo : Tanto Gentile, for chorus
  • Conductor: Kaspars Putnins
  • Running Time: 12 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary