Latvian Radio Choir
Sinfonietta Rīga

soprano | Ieva Ezeriete
mezzo-soprano | Ieva Parša
alto | Līga Paegle
tenor | Jānis Kurševs
baritone | Daumants Kalniņš
recorder&jaw harp | Aleksandrs Maijers
conductor | Sigvards Kļava

Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977) is one the leading Latvian composers of vocal music and one of the leading Latvian composers of his generation.
The title piece of the recording is a 30-minute Passion according to St Luke, a work in eight movements completed by the composer in 2014. The work holds a special place in the composer’s repertoire as the first Passion by the celebrated composer of several choral works. The music is sumptuous, rich, and powerful, with heroic, picturesque, passionate, and ethereal elements.

Ivan Moody | Gramophone Magazine | Editor’s Choice 08.2016
“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.”

John Quinn | MusicWeb International |  09.2016
“It confirms Ēriks Ešenvalds as a leading light in contemporary choral music. His compositions are tremendously imaginative and effective; I found my attention gripped by all the pieces on this disc.. Highly imaginative music by Ēriks Ešenvalds in superb performances.”

Choir & Organ magazine | Philip Reed | 09./10.2016
“This is an exceptional recording of exceptional music... Klava and his Latvian forces fully inhabit this music, much of which they either commissioned and premieres. Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds is steadily building a considerable reputation for himself… A CD not to be missed.”

Joshua Rosenblum | Opera News | 09.2016
“The Latvian Radio Choir and the Sinfonietta Riga, performing impeccably under Klava, are perfectly suited to Ešenvalds’s distinctly personal vision of the divine.”

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