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Baltic Voices 1

Academic journal article Notes

Baltic Voices 1

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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Talinn Chamber Orchestra/Paul Hillier. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907311, 2002.

The first recording by the Estonian Philharmonic Choir since Paul Hillier assumed its directorship in 2001, and its debut on the Harmonia Mundi label, is also the first product of what is planned as a three-year recording project that will "explore the choral music from the countries around the Baltic Sea" (Hillier, brochure notes), focusing primarily on music from the choir's native Estonia. That series of recordings is off to an auspicious beginning with this program, which features works by Cyrillus Kreek (of Estonia), Sven-David Sandstrom (of Sweden), Einojufiani Rautavaara (of Finland), Veljo Tormis (of Estonia), Peteris Vasks (of Latvia), and, of course, the now-famous Estonian composer Arvo Part. Those whose interest in the choral music of this region was piqued by the 1980s recordings of Part's choral and orchestral music will find much to enjoy here. While the composers of the Baltic region are by no means stylistically interchangeable, there is a certain something--call it astringency, or maybe asceticism, though neither adjective applies equally to all of them--that makes these works easily recognizable as products of their geographic area. …

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