conductor | 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.
Jeremy Pound | BBC Music Magazine | 03.2017
"You'll be hard-pushed to find a disc of Pärt choral music more enjoyable than this".
Malcolm Riley | Gramophone Magazine | 11.2016
“From the outset, Sigvards Klava draws a robust, blended sound from his 24 singers…the two narrative motets on texts from the Gospel of St Matthew, The Woman with the Alabaster Box and Tribute to Caesar, stand out for their integrity and beauty.”
Göran Forsling | MusicWeb International | 11.2016
“Marvellous throughout. I can’t imagine this music better sung.”
Brian Morton | Choir & Organ magazine | 11.2016
"Arvo Pärt often benefits from a drier and more straightforward delivery, and the Latvians approach these works – mostly from the 1990s – in that spirit."
Bruce Reader | The Classical Reviewer | 10.2016
“The Latvian Radio Choir under their director, Sigvards Kļava is absolutely first class, bringing performance of tremendous beauty, accuracy and understanding.”
The Chronicle | 09.2016
"To call this CD awe-inspiring is like saying the Grand Canyon is big or Formula One is noisy. Pärt is an Estonian composer of classical and religious music, who works in a minimalist style and uses his own technique, tintinnabuli.. The music - performed here by the Latvia Radio Choir - has that quality, of a perfect sound on the edge of hearing."
David Denton | David's Review Corner | 09.2016
"Pärt has the perfect ensemble from Latvia. Working with Sigvards Kļava they produce the most gorgeous sounds, the pianissimo dynamics creating magical moments in a multitude of subtle shades. The balance between voices is perfectly weighted, with those sonorous bass voices, that we hear in Slav choirs, underpinning the bright sounding sopranos.. In total this is a remarkable release that is perfect in every way."