09.09.2016

Today FInnish record label Ondine realise new Latvian Radio choir CD. This is the ninth album recorded by this company.

 This new recording includes eight choral pieces by the Estonian composer performed by the prestigious Latvian Radio Choir under Sigvards Kļava.The deeply spiritual and timeless music of Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) has touched many listeners in a profound way during the last few decades. Today he is among the most frequently performed living composers.

The works on this recording span a period of nearly 25 years, from 1988 to 2012, and include some of Pärt’s finest works in vocal writing, including the three-movement Triodion and the 7-movement Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen. The dominant stylistic feature of these works is his famous tintinnabuli style which he adopted after distancing himself from his early style that adopted neo-classicism, serialism and polystylism.

Latvian Radio Choir’s previous releases on Ondine have been highly successful. For instance, the recording of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil (ODE 1206-5) was chosen as the Record of the Month, Editor’s Choice and received a nomination in the Gramophone Awards in 2013. Also their recent release of choral works by Valentin Silvestrov (ODE 1266-5) received Gramophone Editor’s Choice.