Notes & Reviews:
Jonathan Harvey is Britain's foremost composer of electronic music and he has developed a complex and personal musical language for which he is globally recognized. His catalogue of works explores unique sound worlds and imaginative ensembles. The works on this disc, composed within seven years of each other during one of the most productive periods of Harvey's career, demonstrate the stylistic range of his choral writing, including his unique approach to the combination of live performance and electronic sound and his innate sympathy for the voice. The Latvian Radio Choir have been labeled the creators of a new choral paradigm - a testament to their diverse range of voices and skillful performances of challenging experimental works. On this disc, the group makes their Hyperion debut with thrilling performances of some of Harvey's choral masterworks.
"Both Ashes and Awakening are visionary pieces, and have the makings of modern masterpieces. They require, and will undoubtedly repay, repeated listening. A magnificent disc, superbly performed and recorded, and a magnificent argument for the ongoing, cutting-edge relevance of contemporary classical music." -BBC Music Magazine*****
"the Latvian Radio Choir [is] surely now one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world. Its commitment to Harvey's music seems absolute and technical difficulties seem to hold no terrors for it...This is a highly impressive anthology of often remarkable choral music, sung and recorded to perfection." -International Record Review
The Latvian Radio Choir is evidently unfazed by the demands it encounters, while the sound has an ideal and spaciousness. Warmly recommended.
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