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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tulev - Songs

By Night
Where Have You Hidden, Beloved
This Life That I Live
Nigra Sum
Behold, Thou Art Fair
I Am Come Into My Garden
Reveal, Reveal Your Presence
Mira Que La Dolencia De Amour
Der Herr Ist Mein Getreuer Hirt I
Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice,
Leave, Alas, This Tormenting
Jusquez au Printemps
Der Herr Ist Mein Getreuer Hirt II

Toivo Tulev is one of the principal figures in Estonian music today. Deeply influenced by his study of Gregorian chant, Tulev's works have a mystic, incantatory dimension. Songs is the title of the largest work on this CD, but it reflects on the other works as well, and not only because they are vocal or choral. During the 1980s, the composer was a member of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. This background has given him an innate sense of what singers can do. The linear interweaving of which Tulev's music is constructed is essentially vocal; even when played on instruments it is song. Dedicated to Paul Hillier, Songs is a polychoral piece with various groups of singers and instruments distributed around the concert venue. The text is a collage created by the composer from various sources: the Bible, the Song of Songs and two poems, Cantico espiritual and Coplas del alma que pena por ver a Dios by St John of the Cross. The small orchestra includes recorder and duduk, an instrument whose longing quality is well suited to the poems. World-renowned countertenor Robin Blaze joins Paul Hillier and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in this world premiere recording.

Item code: 8950C | SACD | $19.95 add item to cart
Choral | Mixed | Estonia

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