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Meditation - Gounod: Messe solennelle; Ugis Praulins: Dievanines; Puccini: Salve Regina; Adam: Cantique de Noel; Bizet: Agnus Dei; Caccini: Ave Maria et al. / Elina Garanca, soprano

Album Summary

>Gounod, Charles : Messe solennelle en l'honneur de sainte Cecile
>Gounod, Charles : Repentir "O Divine Redeemer"
>Praulins, Ugis : Dievaines, for voice, chorus & orchestra
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Gomez, William : Ave Maria, for voice & orchestra
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339
>Bizet, Georges : Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Puccini, Giacomo : Salve Regina, for soprano & harmonium
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Vasks, Peteris : Klusas dziesmas (Silent Songs)
>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
>Caccini, Giulio : Ave Maria
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Elina presents a beautiful selection of spiritual music dedicated to the eternal search and longing for inner peace. It's perhaps one of her most personal albums ever which connects the listener with Elina's Latvian roots.

Elina's parents were involved with choral music, she grew up listening to this music and sang herself in choirs as a young musician, so it is a very important album to her personally, celebrating the origins of her own singing career.

The album includes a couple of real discoveries like Praulin' Dievaines, but also some hit repertoire like the Cantique de Noel d'Adam. This is probably her most commercial album to date, the careful selected variety of the repertoire will attract a lot of new fans.

Latvian choirs are extremely famous worldwide, so it was natural for her to want a Latvian choir with her for this recording.

Two Latvian composers have been involved in the music for this recording - Ugis Praulin for his work Dievaines, and Eriks Esenvalds who has written an a cappella arrangement (Allegri Miserere) especially for this recording.

Elina is joined on this recording by her husband, the well-known Gibraltan conductor Karel Mark Chichon OBE. This is their second collaboration on disc for DG following the success of Habanera.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sendesaal, Saarländischer Rundfunk, Funkhaus Halberg, S (10/2013).



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Works Details

>Gounod, Charles : Messe solennelle en l'honneur de sainte Cécile :: Sanctus
  • Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Karel Chichon
  • Ensemble: Latvian Radio Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Gounod, Charles : Repentir "O Divine Redeemer"
  • Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Karel Chichon
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Praulins, Ugis : Dievaines, for voice, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano); Boris Bagger (Guitar); Grigory Mordashov (Tin Whistle)
  • Conductor: Karel Chichon
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Regina coeli laetare
  • Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Karel Chichon
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Ave Maria
  • Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Karel Chichon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Gomez, William : Ave Maria, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Karel Chichon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339 :: Laudate Dominum
  • Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Karel Chichon
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1780

>Bizet, Georges : Agnus Dei, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Karel Chichon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1872

>Puccini, Giacomo : Salve Regina, for soprano & harmonium
  • Performers: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano); Gunther Rost (Organ)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 1880

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Karel Chichon
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Vasks, Peteris : Klusas dziesmas (Silent Songs) :: Dusi dusi
  • Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Ensemble: Saarbrücken Opera Chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Vasks, Peteris : Klusas dziesmas (Silent Songs) :: Paldies tev vela saule
  • Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Ensemble: Saarbrücken Opera Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Allegri, Gregorio : Miserere
  • Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Karel Chichon
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 16th Century

>Caccini, Giulio : Ave Maria
  • Performer: Elina Garanca (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Karel Chichon
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1600