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Eriks EÜenvalds (b.1977): St. Luke Passion; Sacred Works / Sinfonietta Riga, Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava

Album Summary

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Passion According to St. Luke, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
>Esenvalds, Eriks : A Drop in the Ocean, for chorus
>Esenvalds, Eriks : The First Tears, for chorus, recorder, jaw harp & percussion
>Esenvalds, Eriks : Litany of the Heavens, for chorus, glasses, chamber orchestra & tape
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer
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Notes & Reviews:

This new album's title piece, Passion according to St Luke, is a 30-minute work in eight movements which was completed by composer Eriks Esenvalds in 2014. Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds (b. 1977) is one of the top composers of vocal music, and one of the foremost Latvian composers of this generation. This album features works composed by Esenvalds from 2006 until now. Prior recordings by the Latvian Radio Choir have been extremely well-received. Their recording of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil was chosen as Editor's Choice, Record of the Month, and received a nomination in the Gramophone awards.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
It's an unusual and highly effective beginning, and I can say that it is unlike any other setting of the Passion with which I am familiar...One could hardly ask for better performers in this repertoire...A superb release.

MusicWeb International, 19th September 2016
Highly imaginative music by Eriks Eenvalds in superb performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (05/05/2015-05/07/2015).



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>Esenvalds, Eriks : Passion According to St. Luke, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Daumants Kalnins; Janis KurUevs; Ieva Parsa (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (05/05/2015-05/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Esenvalds, Eriks : A Drop in the Ocean, for chorus
  • Performer: Ieva Ezeriete
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (05/05/2015-05/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Esenvalds, Eriks : The First Tears, for chorus, recorder, jaw harp & percussion
  • Performers: Kristine Barkovska (Percussion); Rudolfs Bertins (Percussion); Normunds Kirsis (Percussion); Janis Kokins (Percussion); Aleksandrs Maijers (Recorder); Inga Martinsone (Percussion); Ferijs Millers (Percussion); Karlis Rütentals (Percussion); Inita Vindava (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (05/05/2015-05/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Esenvalds, Eriks : Litany of the Heavens, for chorus, glasses, chamber orchestra & tape
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Notes: St. John's Church, Riga, Latvia (05/05/2015-05/07/2015)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011