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Sacred Love - works by Yuri Falik, Georgy Svidirov & Arturs Maskats / Ieva Ezeriete, soprano; Aleksandrs Antonenko, tenor. Sigvards Klava

Album Summary

>Falik, Yury Alexandrovich : Nyeznyakomka (Unknown Woman) ("The restaurants on hot spring evenings"), for chorus
>Falik, Yury Alexandrovich : Elegies, Concerto for soprano & mixed choir
>Falik, Yury Alexandrovich : Poetry of Igor Severyanin, Concerto for mixed choir
>Falik, Yury Alexandrovich : Stanzas by Pushkin, Concerto for mixed choir
>Maskats, Arturs : Da ispravitsja molitva moja, for chorus
>Maskats, Arturs : Spring (Vesna), for voice & chorus
>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Concerto for chorus (Pushkin's Garland)
>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Choruses (5) on Russian Poems
>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Christmas Carol, for chorus (from Three Miniatures)
>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Sacred Love, for chorus
>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Songs of Troubled Times, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

This new release from the Latvian Radio Choir conducted by Sigvards Klava features choral works by three Russian and Latvian composers: Yuri Falik, Arturs Maskats and Georgy Sviridov. The disc's themes range from love to nature to the sacred. Five of the works include solo parts sung by two notable Latvian singers, Aleksandrs Antonenko and Eva Ezeriete. The title work of the recording, Sviridov's Sacred Love, is a unique example of aesthetically beautiful vocal writing. Sigvards Klava, since 1992 Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Latvian Radio Choir, is one of that country's most prolific choral conductors. The Latvian Radio Choir is regarded as one of the top professional European chamber choirs. The Choir's prior Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil (ODE 1206-5) was chosen as the Record of the Month, Editor's Choice and received a nomination in the 2013 Gramophone Awards.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2014
A rich bass section helps anchor the Russian music, grounding it not only harmonically but also stylistically in the Russian Orthodox choral tradition...There's nothing naive or folk-innocent here in these complicated anrratives of faith and human isolation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (10/07/2011-10/13/2011).



Reviews

Russian Choral Masterworks
Sacred Love features the music of three Russian composers - Yuri Falik, Arturs Maskats, and Georgy Sviridov. And not just those composers, but choral works based on Russian poetry or literature by those three composers.

It's apt repertoire for the Latvian Radio Choir. The performers speak the language, and are steeped in the Russian choral tradition. The basses, of course, extend lower than they do in Western choirs, providing an anchor for the sound. The ensemble is immaculately recorded, well-positioned in a church to reap the benefit of the spacious acoustics while retaining clear articulation.

While the program has a homogeneous sound, there are distinct differences between the three composers. Falik seems the most cosmopolitan of the three. His "Habanera," for example is Spanish in flavor, while retaining the Eastern European choral sound.

Maskats was heavily influenced by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, and particularly by their choral works. Some of his music reminded me of the Rachmaninov Vespers in spirituality as well as sound.

Sviridov studied under Shostakovich, and one can hear a little of his teacher's style in his work. The selections include both sacred and secular compositions by Sviridov. The sacred follow Eastern Orthodox choral traditions, while the secular (to my ears) sound more Soviet Realist -- folk-based material presented in a conservative 20th Century style.

Sacred Love has an overarching beauty and serenity to it. I'd recommend this recording not just to those who enjoy Eastern European choral music, but for anyone who is moved by the sound of the human voice.
Submitted on 08/29/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Falik, Yury Alexandrovich : Nyeznyakomka (Unknown Woman) ("The restaurants on hot spring evenings"), for chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (10/07/2011-10/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Falik, Yury Alexandrovich : Elegies, Concerto for soprano & mixed choir :: Your Temple, Lord
  • Performer: Ieva Ezeriete
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (10/07/2011-10/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Falik, Yury Alexandrovich : Poetry of Igor Severyanin, Concerto for mixed choir :: Habanera
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (10/07/2011-10/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Falik, Yury Alexandrovich : Stanzas by Pushkin, Concerto for mixed choir :: Autumn
  • Performer: Aleksandrs Antonenko
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (10/07/2011-10/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Maskats, Arturs : Da ispravitsja molitva moja, for chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (10/07/2011-10/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Maskats, Arturs : Spring (Vesna), for voice & chorus
  • Performer: Aleksandrs Antonenko
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (10/07/2011-10/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Concerto for chorus (Pushkin's Garland) :: Winter Morning
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (10/07/2011-10/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1979

>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Choruses (5) on Russian Poems :: About Lost Youth
  • Performer: Aleksandrs Antonenko
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (10/07/2011-10/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Christmas Carol, for chorus (from Three Miniatures)
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (10/07/2011-10/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1972-1975

>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Sacred Love, for chorus
  • Performer: Ieva Ezeriete
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (10/07/2011-10/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Concerto for chorus (Pushkin's Garland) :: Natasha
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (10/07/2011-10/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1979

>Svirido, Georgy Vasilevich : Songs of Troubled Times, for chorus :: Icon
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (10/07/2011-10/13/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1980-1981