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Jeremy Pound
BBC Music Magazine, February 2017

You’ll be hard-pushed to find a disc of Pärt choral music more enjoyable than this. Immaculate control and balance does not mean lack of drama—there’s intensity and vibrancy too. © 2017 BBC Music Magazine




Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, November 2016

The Latvian Radio Choir is marvellous throughout. I can’t imagine this music better sung. All admirers of Arvo Pärt’s choral music are advised to invest in this disc without delay. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Malcolm Riley
Gramophone, November 2016

…[a] handsomely produced anthology of 70 minutes of sacred a cappella music by Arvo Pärt, much of it rarely heard, but presented here with an assured and winning finesse.

…Sigvards Kļava draws a robust, blended sound from his 24 singers… © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Bruce Reader
The Classical Reviewer, October 2016

The Latvian Radio Choir under their director, Sigvards Kļava is absolutely first class, bringing performance of tremendous beauty, accuracy and understanding. © 2016 The Classical Reviewer Read complete review



Jerobear
Review Corner, September 2016

Pärt is an Estonian composer of classical and religious music, who works in a minimalist style and uses his own technique, tintinnabuli, which seems to involve replicating the sound a bell makes as its sound fades. The music—performed here by the Latvia Radio Choir—has that quality, of a perfect sound on the edge of hearing.

It’s a powerful collection. You might not want to listen to it every day, but if the awareness of one’s microscopic tininess against the vastness universe is a feeling that gives you comfort, this is perfect. © 2016 Review Corner Read complete review



The Chronicle, September 2016

To call this CD awe-inspiring is like saying the Grand Canyon is big or Formula One is noisy.

Pärt is an Estonian composer of classical and religious music, who works in a minimalist style and uses his own technique, tintinnabuli, which seems to involve replicating the sound a bell makes as its sound fades. The music—performed here by the Latvia Radio Choir—has that quality, of a perfect sound on the edge of hearing. © 2016 The Chronicle



David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2016

A disc of eight unaccompanied religious choral works from the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, written in this most recent and fertile period since his sixtieth birthday. It was in the 1970’s that he became aware of the plainchant that has played such an important role in the Orthodox Church. That proved to be a watershed in his life which to that point had taken him into the school of cutting-edge modernity hinged around atonality. It was then that he was spiritually taken into a very differing musical world where tonality and harmony was once again restored. In this he was not alone, John Tavener following a similar path in England where music is at times seemingly suspended in air on its journey into a world of transcendental contemplation. Maybe this is a disc to hear in part, the eight works having much in common, and reside in the world of incorporeal beauty and mental satisfaction with music is seemingly recycled. Much depends on the performers, and here Pärt has the perfect ensemble from Latvia. Working with the same conductor, Sigvards Kļava, for more than twenty-four years, they produce the most gorgeous sounds, the pianissimo dynamics creating magical moments in a multitude of subtle shades. The balance between voices is perfectly weighted, with those sonorous bass voices, that we hear in Slav choirs, underpinning the bright sounding sopranos. The recording, made in St. John’s Church at Riga, offers the ideal quality of a resonant church acoustic. In total this is a remarkable release that is perfect in every way. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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