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Eriks EÜenvalds (b.1977): Northern Lights - Choral Music / Sally Pryce, harp; The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge; Layton

Album Summary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : O salutaris Hostia, for 2 sopranos & chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : The new moon, for chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Psalm 67, for chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Trinity Te Deum, for chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Northern Lights, for tenor & chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : The heavens' flock, for chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : The earthly rose, for chorus & harp
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Merton College Service, for soprano & chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Rivers of light, for soprano, bass, chorus & jaw harp
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Ubi caritas, for chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Amazing Grace, spiritual for chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : O Emmanuel, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Who can sail without the wind?, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, chorus & harp
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Stars, for chorus & water glasses
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Only in sleep, for soprano & chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine, March 2015
Trinity College's choir sounds as though its members relish the experience of recording his music. The sonority is secure from top to bottom...I find EÜenvalds at his most convincing when dwelling on natural phenomena of his homeland...lovers of this corner of the choral repertoire will find here much to enjoy.

The Observer, 25th January 2015
His rich, sonorous choral writing is in almost permanent ecstasy...that, when packed into one album of 16 varied items, is too ravishing to cope with. It's all beautifully sung, but the sheer quantity of the material diminishes each work's individual impact.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2015
One of the chief pleasures of this CD is right at the beginning - the silvery duetting of Rachel Ambrose Evans and Hannah Partridge...Their fluid delivery of the little grace notes is delectable, and Stephen Layton secures a perfect balance with the choir in the background. EÜenvalds's music, is not quite easy listening, is certainly audience-friendly...what a force the Trinity choir has become.

The choral music of the young Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds is steadily gaining appreciation across the world. The works on this new album owe their genesis to commissions from the United States, England and northern Europe and encompass ethereal expressions of uniquely arctic phenomena, American ballads and several works in the Anglican tradition - the fruits of the composer's recent residency at Trinity College Cambridge. Trinity College Choir Cambridge here returns the compliment, as it were, with superlative performances of these varied and engaging works, all recorded under the watchful eye of the composer and conductor Stephen Layton.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ely Cathedral (01/18/2014); Trinity College Chapel (01/18/2014); Ely Cathedral (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-); Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-).



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>Esenvalds, Eriks : O salutaris Hostia, for 2 sopranos & chorus
  • Performers: Rachel Evans; Hannah Partridge
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Esenvalds, Eriks : The new moon, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Psalm 67, for chorus
  • Performer: Michael Craddock (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Trinity Te Deum, for chorus
  • Performers: Robert Howes (Percussion); Robert Howes (Timpani); Eleanor Kornas (Organ); Sally Pryce (Harp)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Trinity Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Northern Lights, for tenor & chorus
  • Performer: Jamie Roberts
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : The heavens' flock, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : The earthly rose, for chorus & harp
  • Performer: Sally Pryce (Harp)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Merton College Service, for soprano & chorus
  • Performer: Hannah King
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Rivers of light, for soprano, bass, chorus & jaw harp
  • Performers: Hannah King; Jonathan Pacey
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Ubi caritas, for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Amazing Grace, spiritual for chorus
  • Performer: Anna Cavaliero (Voice)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Esenvalds, Eriks : O Emmanuel, for chorus (from collective Seven Advent Antiphons)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Who can sail without the wind?, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, chorus & harp
  • Performers: Hiroshi Amako; Helen Charlston; Sally Pryce (Harp)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Stars, for chorus & water glasses
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Only in sleep, for soprano & chorus
  • Performer: Rachel Evans
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Notes: Trinity College Chapel (2013-07-03&2014-01-10_2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary