Latvian Radio Choir
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.
Gramophone Magazine | Editor’s Choice August 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.”