Karlsons - Oremus: Sacred Choral Works | Ondine ODE13422

Karlsons - Oremus: Sacred Choral Works

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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE13422

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st November 2019

Contents

Artists

Latvian Radio Choir
Sinfonietta Riga

Conductor

Sigvards Klava

Works

Karlsons, Juris

Adoratio
Le lagrime dell'anima…
Ora pro nobis
Oremus...

Artists

Latvian Radio Choir
Sinfonietta Riga

Conductor

Sigvards Klava

About

Composer Juris Karlsons (b. 1948) is one of the leading names in Latvian music today. This new album by the Latvian Radio Choir under their music director Sigvards Kļava features Karlsons’ choral works. These works are marked by deeply religious feeling and profound message.

Oremus is a choral piece written by the composer in 2018 for the Latvian Radio Choir. It was premiered as part of the Lincoln Center White Light Festival. When writing this work, no doubt Karlsons had specifically the sound and vocal abilities of the choir in mind. The largest work of the album is Adoratio (2010), a symphonic, single-movement work for choir and orchestra with a duration of over 30 minutes. Yet, this powerful work filled with drama can, like a symphony, be clearly divided into musical sections. Le lagrime dell’anima (2013) for piano and choir is based on a short poem written by the composer: “Here are just seven simple notes that are born on a beautiful summer evening when watching the sunset. The stars slowly light up, one, then another. You wait for the next one. The seven sounds of stars are gradually born under the pianist’s fingers, somewhere in the silence they appear in the chorus’s intonations, and finally intertwined in a melodic line,” the composer describes. The final piece of the album, Ora pro nobis (2019), is a tribute to the Virgin Mary based on an earlier work and written for Sigvards Kļava.

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