Baltic Voices 2 (2004)

Sisask, Schnittke, Grigorjeva, Norgard

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Paul Hillier

To the traveller from the West, crossing through Finland or Estonia towards Russia, the intermittent appearance in the landscape of an onion-shaped dome topped by an unfamiliar form of the cross is a reminder of just how far east one has come. The prime building material has become wood or large stone rather than brick, and public signs start to appear in both Cyrillic and the local variant of Finno-Ugrian. It is quite possible to understand neither one of them. A fragment of Swedish may be overheard, and suddenly, even to the nonspeaker, there are familiar sounds in the air whose meanings can be comfortingly half-guessed at. One notices also a style of architecture and painting which might call to mind the Art Nouveau movement, but seems in these regions to have tapped into deeper Nationalist roots and so to have acquired a more lasting significance than its counterparts further west.
Visit the cathedral of St. John in Tampere, for example, or see the paintings of Akseli Gallen-Kallela and his museum-house of Tarvaspää on the outskirts of Helsinki. The same impulse flowered also in Russia, where the re-imagining of folk art and medievalism stimulated a renewal of ecclesiastical art, and this in turn impressed itself upon the avant-garde of Malevich and Goncharova.
Because of its size and supposed cultural autonomy, it comes as almost a surprise to realise that Russia is a Baltic state too. Peter the Great confirmed this when he built St. Petersburg in the 18th century as his ‘window onto the West,’ and although her foothold on the Baltic may appear slight, when a country as vast as Russia wiggles its toe, it creates ripples which spread out into the whole region in many surprising ways—apart from the obvious militaristic one.

Read more

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Tõnu Kaljuste founded the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in 1981 as a professional successor to his father Heino Kaljuste's amateur chamber choir Ellerhein. The younger Kaljuste nurtured the ensemble as its principal conductor and artistic director for 20 years, focusing the group's programs and recordings on music by Estonian composers, primarily Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis, although its full repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant and gems of the Baroque and Classical periods to contemporary compositions. The EPCC won the top prize at the 1991 Takarazuka Chamber Choir Competition in Japan and received its first Grammy nomination two years later for Te Deum. Under Paul Hillier (2001-2007), the ensemble's reputation grew more widely, even as he expanded its repertoire. Under his direction, it produced a highly praised series of recordings entitled Baltic Voices and won a Grammy in 2006 for Da Pacem. It performs and records with the world's leading conductors and orchestras and has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial collaboration with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, Daniel Reuss became the EPCC's chief conductor and artistic director. Their first recording together was of Frank Martin's oratorio Golgotha, released in 2010.

Paul Hillier

His musical interests range from medieval to contemporary music and include singing, conducting, and writing. In 1990, after many years as Music Director of the Hilliard Ensemble, he founded the Theatre of Voices and began his series of acclaimed recordings for harmonia mundi usa. From 1996 to 2003, Hillier was Director

of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. In September, 2001 he was named Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, with which he launched
a cycle of recordings exploring the choral tradition of the Baltic Sea countries. Baltic Voices 1 and Baltic Voices 2 met with unanimous praise and each won Hillier a Grammy® nomination.The Powers of Heaven, a much-admired pro- gram of Russian Orthodox sacred music, was followed by Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 and, most recently, by Baltic Voices 3. In 2004 Paul Hillier was awarded the Estonian Cultural Prize.

In 2002 he was made Honorary Professor in Music
at the University of Copenhagen, and in 2003 accepted the post of Chief Conductor of Vocal Group Ars Nova (Copenhagen). Hillier is the author of a monograph “Arvo Pa?rt” (1997) and editor of “The Collected Writings of Steve Reich” (2002), both published by Oxford University Press. His latest project is a book about consort singing.

Read more

Baltic Voices 2 (2004)

Sisask, Schnittke, Grigorjeva, Norgard

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Producer: Robina G. Young, Brad Michel
Recording Engineer: Brad Michel (DSD engineer - Everett Porter)
Recording location: Haapsalu, Estonia
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

Quality & Channel Selection
Select Quality and Channels to calculate the price below More info

Quality

  • DXD
  • 64
  • 128
  • 256
  • 512

Channels

Included in any DSD purchase is access to the base DSD64 resolution. All DSD capable units will be able to play DSD64.
Album Download duration price
907331DI: Baltic Voices 2
01:07:35   Select quality & channels above
Tracks.
1.
"Five songs from ""Gloria Patri"" (1988) - I. Surrexit Christus"
Sisask
00:01:16   Select quality & channels above
2.
"Five songs from ""Gloria Patri"" (1988) - II. Omnis una"
Sisask
00:03:27   Select quality & channels above
3.
"Five songs from ""Gloria Patri"" (1988) - IV. Benedicamus"
Sisask
00:01:11   Select quality & channels above
4.
"Five songs from ""Gloria Patri"" (1988) - XXIII. Oremus"
Sisask
00:08:12   Select quality & channels above
5.
"Five?songs from ""Gloria Patri"" (1988) - XIX. Confitemini Domino"
Sisask
00:02:13   Select quality & channels above
6.
And then in silence there with me be only You (2002)
Sisask
00:13:34   Select quality & channels above
7.
Winter Hymn (1976/84)
Norgard
00:09:01   Select quality & channels above
8.
Lord, have mercy
Grigorjeva
00:04:43   Select quality & channels above
9.
Ode 1
Grigorjeva
00:04:47   Select quality & channels above
10.
Odes 7-8
Grigorjeva
00:04:52   Select quality & channels above
11.
Kondakion
Grigorjeva
00:02:19   Select quality & channels above
12.
Ikos
Grigorjeva
00:05:10   Select quality & channels above
13.
I. O Holy Virgin, rejoice
Schnittke
00:01:54   Select quality & channels above
14.
II. O Lord, Jesus Christ
Schnittke
00:01:21   Select quality & channels above
15.
III. Our Father in heaven
Schnittke
00:03:35   Select quality & channels above

User Reviews

Other albums from this label