Kreek - The Suspended Harp of Babel | ECM New Series 4819041

Kreek - The Suspended Harp of Babel

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Label: ECM New Series

Cat No: 4819041

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 8th May 2020

Contents

About

The Suspended Harp of Babel features revelatory performances of the choral music of Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962).

Kreek’s pieces, incorporating graceful settings of psalms and folk hymns, are juxtaposed here with instrumental fantasias and interludes created for this recording by Marco Ambrosini. Under the direction of Jan-Eik Tulve, the Vox Clamantis choir – whose previous ECM recordings have addressed works of Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Helena Tulve as well as Gregorian chant – prove to be ideal interpreters of a music poised between old and new.

The Suspended Harp of Babel was recorded in Tallinn’s Transfiguration Church in August 2018.

Reviews

Whenever I have heard Vox Clamantis in concert it has been an amazing experience. Their clarity, their precision, their sheer musicianship make them easily one of the best vocal ensembles currently active anywhere in the world. Much of the music on this disc I heard in concert quite recently, in Tallinn, and it is true to say that, with ECM’s superb engineering, the frisson of live performance is captured here to perfection. … Highly recommended.  Ivan Moody
Gramophone July 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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