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Esenvalds: Amazing Grace

Magazine article Gramophone

Esenvalds: Amazing Grace

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Esenvalds

Amazing Grace. The Earthly Rose (a). The Heavens' Flock. Merton College Service. The New Moon. Northern Lights. O Emmanuel. Only in sleep. O salutaris hostia. Psalm 67. Rivers of Light. Stars. Trinity Te Deum (b). Ubi caritas. Who can sail without the wind (a)

The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge / Stephen Layton with (ab) Sally Pryce hp (b) Trinity Brass

Hyperion (F) CDA68083 (68' * DDD * T/t)

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Born in 1977, Latvian Eriks Esenvalds is principally known as a composer of choral music. This album commemorates a two-year stint as Fellow Commoner at Trinity College, Cambridge, whose choir is here joined by Trinity Brass and harpist Sally Pryce. Esenvalds's style is resolutely tonal, at times harking to the Anglican tradition (in the Trinity Te Deum and the Merton College Service), and at others to a more ethereal form of post-minimalism, though without the processual apparatus that sometimes pertains in the latter style. …

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