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Cyrillus Kreek - The Suspended Harp of Babel

Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve

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Vox Clamantis, under the direction of Jaan-Eik Tulve, has established itself as Estonia’s foremost small vocal ensemble, at home in the worlds of both old and new music. Their ECM New Series discography, accordingly, has ranged from Gregorian chant and Perotin (as on "Filia Sion") to present-day composers including Arvo Pärt ("The Deer’s Cry"), Erkki-Sven Tüür ("Oxymoron") and Helena Tulve ("Arboles lloran por lluvia"). On "The Suspended Harp of Babel" Vox Clamantis turns its attention to Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962), whose work also took nourishment from ancient sources as well as from contemporaneous musical currents.

One of the innovators of choral music in Estonia, Kreek drew extensively upon folk music and was a pioneer in the documentation of it, recording, transcribing and preserving for posterity hundreds of songs, both sacred and secular. His arrangements of these folk songs and folk hymns, as well as his settings of psalms, provided a bedrock for choirs in an idiom of his own, described by Paul Griffiths in the liner notes here as “restrained and yet glowing”. Cyrillus Kreek, born in the village of Saanika, was a contemporary of Arvo Pärt’s teacher Heino Eller, and both studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in the years before the First World War. Kreek’s music, emphasizing simplicity, clarity, and the natural quality of the human voice, influenced many composers in Estonia including Veljo Tormis (who also creatively deployed folk song in choral contexts) and Tõnu Kõrvits. The quietly radiant aura of his work is enhanced on the present recording by the contributions of Marco and Angela Ambrosini playing nyckelharpa and by Anna-Liisa Eller on kannel, the Estonian zither.

Marco Ambrosini’s preludes and interludes imaginatively extend the spirit of Kreek’s pieces and in the case of Kui suur on meie vaesus ("Whilst great is our poverty"), call the music forth, the nyckelharpa drone summoning the kannel to pick out the melody of the folk hymn, preparing the way for the entrance of the singers. Throughout the album the purity of the voices is striking – the liner notes speak of “voices with the transparency of spring water”.
Kreek’s music is celebrated in Estonia with a yearly festival, and there is a museum dedicated to the composer in Haapsalu. Documentation of his work outside his homeland has, however, been scant to date. "The Suspended Harp of Babel" – valuable both as entry point into Cyrillus Kreek’s sound-world and for its pre-echoes of Estonian music to come - is likely to trigger overdue recognition for a unique composer and researcher.
This recording was made in April 2018 in Tallinn’s Transfiguration Church. © ECM New Series

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1
Kreek: The Sun Shall Not Smite Thee
Vox Clamantis
00:03:05

Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyrillus Kreek, ComposerLyricist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Margo Kolar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH

2
Kreek: Whilst Great Is Our Poverty
Anna-Liisa Eller
00:05:17

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyrillus Kreek, ComposerLyricist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Marco Ambrosini, Arranger, Harp, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Margo Kolar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna-Liisa Eller, Arranger, Harp, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Angela Ambrosini, Harp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH

3
Kreek: Jacob's Dream / Orthodox Vespers: Proemial Psalm
Anna-Liisa Eller
00:11:55

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyrillus Kreek, ComposerLyricist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Marco Ambrosini, Harp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Margo Kolar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna-Liisa Eller, Harp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Angela Ambrosini, Harp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH

4
Kreek: From Heaven Above to Earth I Come
Anna-Liisa Eller
00:05:56

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Martin Luther, Author - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyrillus Kreek, ComposerLyricist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Marco Ambrosini, Arranger, Harp, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Margo Kolar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna-Liisa Eller, Arranger, Harp, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Angela Ambrosini, Harp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH

5
Kreek: Bless the Lord, My Soul
Vox Clamantis
00:02:25

Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyrillus Kreek, ComposerLyricist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Margo Kolar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH

6
Kreek: Awake, My Heart
Anna-Liisa Eller
00:06:53

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyrillus Kreek, ComposerLyricist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Marco Ambrosini, Arranger, Harp, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Margo Kolar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna-Liisa Eller, Arranger, Harp, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Angela Ambrosini, Harp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH

Orthodox Vespers (Cyrillus Kreek)

7
Praise the Name of the Lord
Vox Clamantis
00:02:21

Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyrillus Kreek, ComposerLyricist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Margo Kolar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH

8
Kreek: Do the Birds Worry?
Anna-Liisa Eller
00:05:06

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyrillus Kreek, ComposerLyricist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Marco Ambrosini, Arranger, Harp, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Margo Kolar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna-Liisa Eller, Arranger, Harp, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Angela Ambrosini, Harp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH

9
Kreek: Lord, I Cry unto Thee
Vox Clamantis
00:02:27

Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyrillus Kreek, ComposerLyricist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Margo Kolar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH

10
Kreek: He, Who Lets God Prevail
Anna-Liisa Eller
00:03:55

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyrillus Kreek, ComposerLyricist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Marco Ambrosini, Arranger, Harp, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Margo Kolar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna-Liisa Eller, Arranger, Harp, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Angela Ambrosini, Harp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH

11
Kreek: By the Rivers of Babylon
Vox Clamantis
00:05:36

Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyrillus Kreek, ComposerLyricist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Margo Kolar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH

12
M. Ambrosini, Eller: The Last Dance
Anna-Liisa Eller
00:02:39

Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Marco Ambrosini, Harp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Margo Kolar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna-Liisa Eller, Harp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Angela Ambrosini, Harp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH

13
Machaut: O Jesus, Thy Pain / Dame, vostre doulz viaire (Arr. M. Ambrosini and Eller)
Anna-Liisa Eller
00:12:06

Christoph Stickel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cyrillus Kreek, ComposerLyricist - Guillaume de Machaut, ComposerLyricist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Marco Ambrosini, Arranger, Harp, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vox Clamantis, Choir, MainArtist - Jaan-Eik Tulve, Conductor, Chorus Conductor, MainArtist - Margo Kolar, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Anna-Liisa Eller, Arranger, Harp, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Angela Ambrosini, Harp, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 ECM Records GmbH

Album Description

Vox Clamantis, under the direction of Jaan-Eik Tulve, has established itself as Estonia’s foremost small vocal ensemble, at home in the worlds of both old and new music. Their ECM New Series discography, accordingly, has ranged from Gregorian chant and Perotin (as on "Filia Sion") to present-day composers including Arvo Pärt ("The Deer’s Cry"), Erkki-Sven Tüür ("Oxymoron") and Helena Tulve ("Arboles lloran por lluvia"). On "The Suspended Harp of Babel" Vox Clamantis turns its attention to Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962), whose work also took nourishment from ancient sources as well as from contemporaneous musical currents.

One of the innovators of choral music in Estonia, Kreek drew extensively upon folk music and was a pioneer in the documentation of it, recording, transcribing and preserving for posterity hundreds of songs, both sacred and secular. His arrangements of these folk songs and folk hymns, as well as his settings of psalms, provided a bedrock for choirs in an idiom of his own, described by Paul Griffiths in the liner notes here as “restrained and yet glowing”. Cyrillus Kreek, born in the village of Saanika, was a contemporary of Arvo Pärt’s teacher Heino Eller, and both studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in the years before the First World War. Kreek’s music, emphasizing simplicity, clarity, and the natural quality of the human voice, influenced many composers in Estonia including Veljo Tormis (who also creatively deployed folk song in choral contexts) and Tõnu Kõrvits. The quietly radiant aura of his work is enhanced on the present recording by the contributions of Marco and Angela Ambrosini playing nyckelharpa and by Anna-Liisa Eller on kannel, the Estonian zither.

Marco Ambrosini’s preludes and interludes imaginatively extend the spirit of Kreek’s pieces and in the case of Kui suur on meie vaesus ("Whilst great is our poverty"), call the music forth, the nyckelharpa drone summoning the kannel to pick out the melody of the folk hymn, preparing the way for the entrance of the singers. Throughout the album the purity of the voices is striking – the liner notes speak of “voices with the transparency of spring water”.
Kreek’s music is celebrated in Estonia with a yearly festival, and there is a museum dedicated to the composer in Haapsalu. Documentation of his work outside his homeland has, however, been scant to date. "The Suspended Harp of Babel" – valuable both as entry point into Cyrillus Kreek’s sound-world and for its pre-echoes of Estonian music to come - is likely to trigger overdue recognition for a unique composer and researcher.
This recording was made in April 2018 in Tallinn’s Transfiguration Church. © ECM New Series

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