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Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937): To Thee We Sing - Sacred Choral Works / Latvian Radio Choir; Sigvards Klava

Album Summary

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Alleluia, pieces (3) for chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Liturgical Chants
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Diptych, for chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Spiritual Chants (2), for chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Spiritual Songs (2), for chorus
>Silvestrov, Valentin : Christmas Lullabies (2), for 2 voices & chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov (b. 1937) is an important contemporary voice in vocal music, a fact highlighted by this new release of recent, spiritual, hauntingly beautiful vocal works, sung by the Latvian Radio Choir under their director Sigvards Klava. During his artistic career Silvestrov has explored a number of musical styles and techniques; the demise of the Soviet Union, however, enabled Silvestrov to openly compose works of religious import, inspired and influenced by his love of the Russian Orthodox Church and imbued with his own unique sound.

Gramophone Magazine, October 2015
The Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Klava sing, as expected, with a scintillating beauty. None of this programme... could be labelled technically easy. Fortunately the singers' intonation, balance and blend are absolutely first-rate... more please!

David Smith, Presto Classical, 18th December 2015
One of the finest discs I've ever heard...The basses of Sigvards Klava's Latvian Radio Choir deserve particular praise - the notoriously sepulchral bottom B flat of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil pales into insignificance next to some of Silvestrov's profundo lines, and the combined effect of this, lusciously rich harmonies and some subtle echo effects is electrifying.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2015-04-14_2015-04-15&2015-).



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>Silvestrov, Valentin : Alleluia, pieces (3) for chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2015-04-14_2015-04-15&2015-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Liturgical Chants :: Cherubic Song (Khreuvim'ska)
  • Performer: Karlis Rütentals (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2015-04-14_2015-04-15&2015-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Liturgical Chants :: Alleluia
  • Performers: Rudolfs Bertins (Voice); Ieva Ezeriete (Voice); Karlis Rütentals (Voice); Dace Strautmane (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2015-04-14_2015-04-15&2015-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Liturgical Chants :: O Holy God (Svyatiy Bozhe)
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2015-04-14_2015-04-15&2015-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Liturgical Chants :: Ave Maria
  • Performer: Karlis Rütentals (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2015-04-14_2015-04-15&2015-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Diptych, for chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2015-04-14_2015-04-15&2015-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Spiritual Chants (2), for chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2015-04-14_2015-04-15&2015-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Spiritual Songs (2), for chorus
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2015-04-14_2015-04-15&2015-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Silvestrov, Valentin : Christmas Lullabies (2), for 2 voices & chorus
  • Performers: Agate Burkina (Voice); Ieva Ezeriete (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (2015-04-14_2015-04-15&2015-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2006