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Lindsay Koob
American Record Guide, May 2015

Here we have a truly marvelous collection of 20th-Century and contemporary works setting Russian poetry from the superb Latvian Radio Choir, an ensemble I’ve covered several times before. I think these accomplished singers make up one of the very choicest of the profusion of excellent Baltic-region professional choirs… This mesmerizing survey includes some of the most ravishing solo work I’ve ever heard in an album of this sort. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Shengold
Opera News, March 2015

Taking part in three of the disc’s dozen numbers, Antonenko displays his bright, muscular “operatic” sound but can also file it down to a remarkably controlled piano. By contrast soprano Ieva Ezeriete…has an ethereal, almost disembodied pure tone in two selections, Falik’s “Khram tvoj, Gospodi” and the moving title track by Sviridov. This issue is for seekers of choral skill and novelty. © 2015 Opera News Read complete review



Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, January 2015

Under the baton of conductor Sigvards Kłava, Latvian Radio Choir weaves a sublime aural tapestry which describes an inner state of profound apprehension, wherein the listener has an opportunity to be initiated into the universe’s deeper realities, and their inherent ineffability. In fact, the only way to approach the mystery of the ‘Sacred Love’ eluded to by Sviridov’s superb title track is through music, and the existential longing suggested by the lyric, sung here by soloists Aleksandrs Antonenko and Ieva Ezeriete. In the hands of a choral ensemble widely regarded as one of Europe’s best, these modern hymns to the transcendent and the immanent spirit of our times are powerful reminders that anybody can connect with the sacred side of life, and be changed for the better. © 2015 Scene Magazine Read complete review




Brian Morton
Choir & Organ, November 2014

The Latvian voices are perfectly attuned to this. Kļava has them tautly together, but still with individuality in the different registers, and across a challenging range of dynamics. © 2014 Choir & Organ



Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, October 2014

The Latvian Radio Choir has a long and proud history…its particular strength lies in its focus on “exploring the capabilities of the human voice and seeking to push its limits”. This disc has ample examples of that aim. The overall sound is particularly underlined by a beautifully pellucid clarity. The two soloists are worthy of special mention for their amazingly crystal clear tone; soprano Ieva Ezeriete whose voice is so wonderfully penetrating as it soars above the choir. Aleksandrs Antoņenko’s sonorous tenor has that same power usually associated with the ‘Russian bass’ and an inner strength that makes for a truly memorable and impressive listening experience.

This is a really gorgeous disc of marvellous compositions delivered in an uncompromisingly professional way. For all lovers of a cappella singing this is surely a must-have. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Alexandra Coghlan
Gramophone, October 2014

…the Latvian Radio Choir prove themselves adept at reinventing themselves. Falik’s A Stranger and Habanera pulse with worldly rhythms and life, swooping and swooning in wild portamentos, while Sviridov’s Icon and Sacred Love demand complete restraint and glowing understatement. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Infodad.com, September 2014

The choir sings very well…with clarity of enunciation and sensitivity of phrasing, and Sigvards Kļava directs it well. The music is intermittently interesting without ever really impressing through its expressiveness or design…The CD will be of most interest to listeners interested in modern Eastern European vocal music and those who have found earlier performances by the Latvian Radio Choir…to be attractive. © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review





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