Magazine article Gramophone

'Meditation'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Meditation'

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'Meditation' Adam O Holy Night Allegri Miserere mei, Deus Bizet Agnus Dei Caccini Ave Maria Gomez Ave Maria Gounod Repentir (O Divine Redeemer). St Cecilia Mass--Sanctus Mascagni Ave Maria. Regina coeli laetare Mozart Vesperae solennes de Confessore, K339--Laudate Dominum Praulin S Dievaines Puccini Salve regina Vasks Silent Songs--No 2, Dusi dusi; No 4, Paldies tev vela saule Elina GaranCa mez Latvian Radio Choir; German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Saarbrucken & Kaiserslautern / Karel Mark Chichon DG (F) 479 2071GH (72' * DDD)

'Meditation' comes with a mission statement in an interview in which the singer says 'people long for fulfilment, comfort and salvation. In our album we trace this quest for peace across different lands and eras.' Here, Latvian folksongs rub shoulders with operatic arias as well as arrangements of Latin religious texts with a mezzo-soprano role.

In the five years since Elina Garanca co-starred in the much admired DG recording of I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Anna Netrebko (3/09), her voice has become richer and more velvety, as in 'O Divine Redeemer' or the Easter Hymn from Cavalleria rusticana. …

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