ERIKS ESENVALDS (b.1977): Amazing Grace, A Drop in the Ocean, Go Away, Rain (Altera Veritas Ensemble, Rihards Zalupe [percusiion]), PETERIS VASKS (b.1946): The Message of the Titmouse, Planescapes (Gidon Kremer [violin], Marta Sudraba [cello]), RIHARDS DUBRA (b.1964): Laetentur in Caelis (Altera Veritas Ensemble, Ivo Kruskops [percussion]), VALTS PUCE (b.1962): Dawn is Breaking (Zalupe [percussion[), ARTURS MASKATS (b.1957): Midsummer Song.

Catalogue Number: 02K099

Label: Quartz

Reference: QTZ 2065

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: As one might expect of a choral recital centered on two works by Vasks, sumptuous, consonant, tonal textures surrounded by a mildly dissonant halo and necessarily presented in a richly reverberant acoustic is what is on offer here. Actually, The Message is a compact little music drama, with 'effects'; Plainscapes is more an essay in the Pärt/Tavener mold. The Dubra combines an insistent chanting motif with soaring melodic lines, a work of scared jubilation, while the Püce and Maskrats pay eloquent homage to Latvian folk-idioms in a warmly neo-romantic idiom. The Esenvalds pieces, one of which is a very pleasing arrangement of Amazing Grace are closer to comfortable 'new age' world music than the rest, but tremendously enjoyable and attractive throughout. Latvian-English texts. Kamer...; Maris Sirmais.

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