One of the pioneers in exploring the music of the Baltic Countries in the last years of the twentieth century, Paul Hillier has always been a passionate advocate for the choral heritage of these northern lands both sacred and secular. This specially-priced set brings together all three volumes of harmonia mundi's critically acclaimed Baltic Voices series. Paul Hillier leads the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir as they trace the Balto-Finnic folksong tradition through the works of Jean Sibelius, Cyrillus Kreek, Erik Bergman and Veljo Tormis.
Review excerpts of previously released volumes included in this set:
Baltic Voices 1 / Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
The opulent textures of this music suit the choir well, and the singers once again prove that they are world-class performers in all respects. They produce a rich ensemble sound, one that is well served by the wide-open sonics.
– MusicWeb International
Baltic Voices 2 / Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Once again, Hillier and his first-rate choir touch us with exemplary renditions of rare yet extraordinary repertoire that truly does make its respective points, both spiritual and musical--recorded in very fine, well-balanced sound.
Baltic Voices 3 / Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Director Paul Hillier has again chosen repertoire that's not just a series of highlights but that also makes sense as a program. Yes, it's a difficult one on many levels, but listeners interested in exploring beyond the choral music world in which most of us mortals reside and perform will be at least enlightened if not compelled to hear more.