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Esenvalds: Translations / Sperry, Portland State Chamber Choir


Release Date: 03/13/2020 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8574124  
Composer:  Eriks Esenvalds
Performer:  Kate LedingtonMaeve StierJuan CastanedaCeline Clark,   ... 
Conductor:  Ethan Sperry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland State University Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The multi-award-winning Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds’ 21st-century choral sound is both exquisite and angular, and in this album he explores ideas of ‘translation,’ legend and the divine. With his expanded tonality and employment of shimmering singing hand bells in ‘Translation,’ and the angelic use of the viola and cello in ‘In paradisum’ he creates music of ravishing refinement. In ‘Legend of the Walled-In Woman’ Esenvalds transcribes and employs an authentic Albanian folk song.

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REVIEW:

Ethan Sperry’s immaculate Portland State Chamber Choir clearly relish the luscious choral textures, which often expand into 16 parts. The
Read more engineering captures with great clarity both this sense of spaciousness and the extreme dynamic range. All the solo vocal contributions are magnificent...A stunning, timely triumph, therefore, full of ravishing, transformative and deeply touching music.

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Works on This Recording

1.
O salutaris hostia by Eriks Esenvalds
Performer:  Kate Ledington (Soprano), Maeve Stier (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ethan Sperry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland State University Chamber Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2004; Latvia 
2.
The heavens' flock by Eriks Esenvalds
Conductor:  Ethan Sperry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland State University Chamber Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Latvia 
3.
Translation by Eriks Esenvalds
Performer:  Juan Castaneda (Tenor), Maeve Stier (Soprano), Celine Clark (Alto),
Jonathan Roberts (Bass), David Walters (Singing Handbells)
Conductor:  Ethan Sperry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland State University Chamber Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Latvia 
4.
My Thoughts by Eriks Esenvalds
Performer:  Savannah Panah (Soprano), Anna Krytenberg (Soprano), Gina Rizk (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ethan Sperry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland State University Chamber Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Latvia 
5.
Vineta by Eriks Esenvalds
Performer:  Joel Bluestone (Percussion), Florian Conzetti (Percussion)
Conductor:  Ethan Sperry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland State University Chamber Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Latvia 
6.
Legend of the walled-in woman by Eriks Esenvalds
Performer:  Jorden Moss (Baritone), Bryanna West (Alto), Ulises Zavaleta (Tenor),
Rebecca Yakos (Soprano), Jereme Wilkie (Tenor), Rex Bennett (Bass)
Conductor:  Ethan Sperry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland State University Chamber Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: by 2006; Latvia 
7.
In paradisum by Eriks Esenvalds
Performer:  Charles Noble (Viola), Marilyn De Oliveira (Cello)
Conductor:  Ethan Sperry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland State University Chamber Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Latvia 

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