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Latvian Radio Choir: Glorious Hill

Song NameComposer
Lauda 22Gavin Bryars
Fammi cantar l'amor
Lauda 23Gavin Bryars
Glorious HillGavin Bryars
Legende de la femme emmureeEriks Esenvalds
Dammi conforto Dio
Lauda 24Gavin Bryars
Ziles zinaPeteris Vasks
Cadman RequiemGavin Bryars
-Kyrie/RequiemGavin Bryars
-Creation Hymn Paraphrase (Bede)Gavin Bryars
-Agnus DeiGavin Bryars
-Creation HymnGavin Bryars
-In ParadisumGavin Bryars

In recent years Gavin Bryars has concentrated to a great extent on writing for the human voice - and a great deal of this is choral music. He has a close relationship with ensembles from the Baltic, especially the Latvian Radio Choir, now without doubt one of the world's greatest choirs. His first collaboration with them on GB Records was the superb On 'Photography', which was an Editor's Choice in Gramophone and extensively played on BBC Radio 3. This very fine choir is at home in all forms of contemporary music, but also in music from the baroque as well as early music. Many of Gavin Bryars' works on this recording take forms from early music, and some pieces originate in collaborations with early music ensembles - such as the Hilliard Ensemble and Trio Mediaeval. Here we have the stunning female voices of the Latvian Radio Choir in 9 and 11 part laude; the whole choir a capella in Glorious Hill and, in Cadman Requiem, accompanied by Riga Cathedral's magnificent organ in the cathedral's stunning acoustic. As on the first recording with the Latvian Radio Choir, Gavin Bryars has included works by Latvian composers close to his heart. Eriks Esenvalds is a young composer whose work recorded here was awarded first place at the 2006 International Rostrum for Composers. Peteris Vasks is perhaps the best known of all living Latvian composers. The work of both composers has a profound concern for the spiritual, which has led it to be linked with the music of composers such as Arvo Part or Giya Kancheli.

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Choral | Some a cappella | Mixed | Latvia

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