Esenvalds - The Doors of Heaven
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Cat No: 8579008
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 11th August 2017
ArtistsPortland State Chamber Choir
Both Rivers of Light and Passion and Resurrection have been recorded on separate discs by Hyperion but the two other works in Naxos’s disc do not seem to be available in any other recording.
Ēriks Ešenvalds has won prestigious awards such as the International Rostrum of Composers First prize in 2006 and is a three-time winner of the Latvian Grand Music Award. He has been commissioned by the Boston Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony, King’s Singers and numerous choirs in the USA.
Hailed by The Oregonian for providing “the finest choral concerts in Portland in recent memory,” Ethan Sperry is Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University and Artistic Director and Conductor of Oregon Repertory Singers. Sperry began studying conducting at the age of eight, cello at the age of twelve, and singing at the age of eighteen. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Harvard College and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting from the University of Southern California. Ensembles under his direction have toured all over the world, and have performed at major venues in the United States including The Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center and the United Nations.
This is the first Ešenvalds disc to feature an American chorus.
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