Latvian Radio Choir
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Conductor | Tõnu Kaljuste
Music by Arvo Pärt
Adam's Lament | Beatus Petronius | Salve Regina | Statuit eu Dominus | Alleluia-Tropus | L'Abbe Agathon | Estonian Lullaby | Christmas Lullaby
The recording received the Grammy award 2013 in the category Best Choral Performance.
Fiona Maddocks | The Guardian | 10.2012
"The mix of Orthodox-style chant, ethereal string writing and block-like vocal writing amalgamates Pärt's most familiar styles, but the whole has more contrast and colour than usual.
In this world premiere recording, the Latvian Radio Choir, Vox Clamantis and Sinfonietta Riga perform with admirable commitment."
James Manheim | AllMusic Review | 10.2012
"This beautifully recorded album collects music by Arvo Pärt, most of it composed since the turn of the century. Performed by a superb group of Baltic musicians, the album makes a fine choice for those wishing to explore new directions in Pärt's music. Strongly recommended for Pärt fans."
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim | The New York Times | 10.2012
"Three vocal ensembles, Vox Clamantis, the Latvian Radio Choir and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, sing with pure sound but sometimes vague diction, although the haze also stems from the way Mr. Pärt’s settings seem to leave the text drifting on the music’s surface."
Barry Witherden | BBC Music Magazine | Recording of the month for January 2013
"Adam’s Lament serves as a summary of Pärt’s evolution since he abandoned his Modernist tendencies: echoes of his tintinnabulist method emerge, the disquiet of recent works is present, and it’s all enveloped in his characteristic musical language, informed by a tradition stretching back at least a millennium. The Latvian Radio Choir and Vox Clamantis affectingly convey anguished hopes for redemption while maintaining a pure, beautifully-balanced sound that evokes Pärt’s underlying beliefs."
Dominy Clements | MusicWeb International | 11.2012
"This is an Arvo Pärt release which has everything going for it: superb music superlatively performed and recorded in the atmosphere in which it was created. Spiritual experience is always a deeply personal business, and no-one can say what you will take from these pieces."
Daniel Emmerson | icareifyoulisten.com | January 2013
"Adam’s Lament is brimming with destructive emotional anguish and nonchalant praise for God on the part of humanity."