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Kreek: The Suspended Harp of Babel / Tulve, Vox Clamantis


Release Date: 05/08/2020 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 003197102  
Composer:  Cyrillus KreekAngela & Marco AmbrosiniGuillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Marco AmbrosiniAngela AmbrosiniAnna-liisa Eller
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Suspended Harp of Babel features revelatory performances of the choral music of Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962).

Kreek's pieces, incorporating graceful settings of psalms and folk hymns, are juxtaposed here with instrumental fantasias and interludes created for this recording by Marco Ambrosini. Under the direction of Jan-Eik Tulve, the Vox Clamantis choir whose previous ECM recordings have addressed works of Arvo Prt, Erkki-Sven Tr and Helena Tulve as well as Gregorian chant prove to be ideal interpreters of a music poised between old and new.

The Suspended Harp of Babel was recorded in Tallinn's Transfiguration Church in August 2018.
The Suspended Harp of Babel features revelatory performances of the choral music of Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962).

Kreek's pieces, incorporating graceful settings of psalms and folk hymns, are juxtaposed here with instrumental fantasias and interludes created for this recording by Marco Ambrosini. Under the direction of Jan-Eik Tulve, the Vox Clamantis choir whose previous ECM recordings have addressed works of Arvo Prt, Erkki-Sven Tr and Helena Tulve as well as Gregorian chant prove to be ideal interpreters of a music poised between old and new.

The Suspended Harp of Babel was recorded in Tallinn's Transfiguration Church in August 2018. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Sun Shall Not Smite Thee by Cyrillus Kreek
Performer:  Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Anna-liisa Eller (Kannel)
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
2.
Whilst Great Is Our Poverty by Cyrillus Kreek
Performer:  Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Anna-liisa Eller (Kannel)
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
3.
Jacob's Dream/Proemial Psalm by Cyrillus Kreek
Performer:  Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Anna-liisa Eller (Kannel)
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
4.
From Heaven Above to Earth I Came by Cyrillus Kreek
Performer:  Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Anna-liisa Eller (Kannel)
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
5.
Bless the Lord, My Soul by Cyrillus Kreek
Performer:  Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Anna-liisa Eller (Kannel)
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
6.
Awake, My Heart by Cyrillus Kreek
Performer:  Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Anna-liisa Eller (Kannel)
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
7.
Praise the Name of the Lord by Cyrillus Kreek
Performer:  Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Anna-liisa Eller (Kannel)
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
8.
Do the Birds Worry? by Cyrillus Kreek
Performer:  Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Anna-liisa Eller (Kannel)
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
9.
Lord, I Cry unto Thee by Cyrillus Kreek
Performer:  Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Anna-liisa Eller (Kannel)
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
10.
He, Who Lets God Prevail by Cyrillus Kreek
Performer:  Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Anna-liisa Eller (Kannel)
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
11.
By the Rivers of Babylon by Cyrillus Kreek
Performer:  Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Anna-liisa Eller (Kannel)
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
12.
The Last Dance by Angela & Marco Ambrosini
Performer:  Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa)
13.
Dame, vostre doulz viaire by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Anna-liisa Eller (Kannel)
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
14.
O Jesus, Thy Pain by Cyrillus Kreek
Performer:  Marco Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Angela Ambrosini (Nyckelharpa), Anna-liisa Eller (Kannel)
Conductor:  Jaan-Eik Tulve
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vox Clamantis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 

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