Selickis - Paradisus vocis | Ondine ODE13272

Selickis - Paradisus vocis

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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE13272

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 9th November 2018

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About

Andrejs Selickis (b. 1960) is a singular, idiosyncratic phenomenon among Latvian composers. As with Arvo Pärt, Selickis’s work is inseparably linked to his faith, which has found a deep and unique expression in his distinct style. Iconic symbolism, sacred archetypes and the ecstatic experience of God’s presence are the keys to his music. This new recording by the Latvian Radio Choir includes choral works by Selickis. Conductor Sigvards Klava has enjoyed friendship and artistic collaboration with the giving premieres to several of his most important vocal works.

Andrejs Selickis grew up and studied music in Latvia, when a crucial meeting with Arvo Pärt took place in the 1970s. Arvo Pärt became a mentor and an example for the composer, both in life and in music. After Pärt emigrated from the Soviet Union, Selickis’ found new home in his church. Selickis has worked as an independent artist since graduating from the conservatory. He lives in Riga and serves as a regent, liturgist and psalmist in various congregations of the Church. In 2015 he was awarded the Latvian Great Music Award, the highest state honour in music.

The creative collaboration and friendship between Sigvards Klava and Selickis began in 2012 with the Litany to Mother Teresa, the first composition with which Andrejs Selickis entered active concert life. Together, Klava and Selickis have studied and sung Old Believer chants and have also set out pilgrimages to various monasteries. The present album serves as a resumé of the creative collaboration between the Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava and Andrejs Selickis.

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