Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977) has demonstrated his versatility by writing in a variety of genres, from orchestral and film scores to electronic and multi-media works. Choral music, however, features in much of what he does. The richness of texture and variety of colour in his music for choirs reflects his practice of dividing the vocal parts into as many as sixteen parts. This complexity in construction is counterbalanced, however, by the simplicity and beauty of the music’s expressivity. Raymond Bisha introduces Translations, an album of Ešenvalds’ music released in March 2020 and performed by the Portland State Chamber Choir under their conductor Ethan Sperry.
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