Latvian Radio Choir
Conductor Sigvards Kļava
Ramon Humet. Light
The Barcelona native Ramon Humet’s (1968) music is frequently characterized as being atemporal, luminous, colorful, very meditative and organic. One of his teachers and biggest influences, the outstanding British composer Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012) commented that “Ramon Humet’s music is delicate and subtle, with high poetic imagination. Humet is a hope for the future; he has a fine ear, and a spirit full of light.” The musical catalog of this Catalan music maker is wide and diverse – chamber music is followed by electroacoustic opuses and stage works, large-form orchestral scores sit beside emotionally charged vocal pieces, including choir music.
The inspiration for Ramon Humet’s composition Llum was Vicenç Santamaria, a monk of the Monastery of Montserrat who practices an ascetic life of solitude in deep devotion to God. This monk who is also a close friend of the composer has authored the text of this composition. The verses picked by Humet recount seven important steps in Vicenç Santamaria’s spiritual journey. The composition begins with a lullaby, inviting the audience to close their eyes; it’s followed by a mystical passacaglia that sparks self-reflection. A peaceful chant of souls grows into a story about the ups and downs of life so familiar to everyone. These worries are fought away by faithful and hopeful praises of God and a message of peace settling into the heart.