Esenvalds - Translations
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Cat No: 8574124
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 13th March 2020
Legende de la femme emmuree
O salutaris hostia
The Heavens' Flock
ArtistsPortland State Chamber Choir
Since its founding in 1975, the Portland State Chamber Choir has performed and competed in venues across the US and around the world, earning over 30 medals and awards in international choir competitions, including being the only American choir to have won the ‘Seghizzi’ International Competition for Choral Singing in Italy in 2013, and the Bali International Choir Festival in Indonesia in 2017. Their most recent album, The Doors of Heaven, featuring the music of Ēriks Ešenvalds (8579008) debuted at number one on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart (a first for a university choir), and was also a number one seller on Amazon and iTunes, with Apple Music adding the album to its The A-List: Classical playlist.
Ēriks Ešenvalds is a composer with such acclaim that his music is among that most often performed throughout the world. He has won multiple awards, including the Latvian Grand Music Award (2005, 2007 and 2015), the International Rostrum of Composers First Prize (for The Legend of the Walled-In Woman, 2006), and New-Composer Discovery of the Philadelphia Inquirer (2010).
His works have been performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, and the Britten Sinfonia. Ešenvalds has written for The King’s Singers, Latvian Voices, Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, the Holst Singers, Imogen Heap, Polyphony and numerous choirs in the US. Ešenvalds’ compositions appear on many recordings and, to date, eight are exclusively devoted to his choral music.
This new recording follows The Doors of Heaven (8579008) released in 2017, also performed by the Portland State Chamber Choir and Ethan Sperry. It was a Gramophone Choice, in which the magazine described it as ‘a superb disc, containing impassioned performances, beautifully recorded’. MusicWeb International added that ‘this disc is a conspicuous success.’ (‘Recording of the Month’)
Hailed by The Oregonian for providing ‘the finest choral concerts in Portland in recent memory’, Ethan Sperry is in his tenth year as director of choral activities at Portland State University, where he conducts the world-renowned Chamber Choir and leads undergraduate and graduate programmes in conducting. He is also the artistic director and conductor of the Oregon Repertory Singers, one of America’s most distinguished adult choruses.
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