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Baltikum

Marcus Creed, SWR Vokalensemble

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With its cover art showing the flags of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and its sombre title, “Baltikum”, this final record from the prodigious SWR Vokalensemble shows clearly its intentions: a commitment to contemporary baltic choral music. The ninth and final episode of a series that Marcus Creed and his vocal ensemble have dedicated to musical portraits of various countries.


Of the seven composers presented here, only Arvo Pärt has broken out onto the international stage. This rich compilation allows one to discover music that is generally rather austere, of great beauty and with a meditative strength and sense of calm that characterises the music of baltic composers. A music which owes a lot to the tenacity of leader and violist Gidon Kremer who has dedicated himself for a long time to the discovery of baltic composers. Audiences from around the world can taste this impressive mix of the old and new, attracting listeners who would never go to concerts.


This new album presents original, rather intense arrangements of folkloric songs by Estonian Veljo Tormis alongside the orchestral and atmospheric work of Latvia’s leading female musician, Maija Einfelde. Arvo Pärt's exhilarating cantata Dopo la vittoria forms an arc until it reaches total silence in his final choral work And I heard a Voice. Pēteris Vasks is represented with his moving ballad Litene, which commemorates victims of the fight for the liberation of Lithuania. Emerging from a particularly active musical breeding ground, are three young composers that complete this fascinating offering. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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3 Poems by Fricis Bārda (Maija Einfelde)

1
No. 1, Vakars
00:04:29

Marcus Creed, Conductor - Maija Einfelde, Composer - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

2
No. 2, Lūgšana
00:04:37

Marcus Creed, Conductor - Maija Einfelde, Composer - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

3
No. 3, Debess
00:04:18

Marcus Creed, Conductor - Maija Einfelde, Composer - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

Canon solus (Rytis Mazulis)

4
Canon solus
00:04:59

Marcus Creed, Conductor - Daniel Schreiber, Artist - Rytis Mazulis, Composer - Julius Pfeifer, Artist - Johannes Kaleschke, Artist - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist - Johanna Zimmer, Artist - Rüdiger Linn, Artist - Wiebke Wighardt, Artist - Dorothea Winkel, Artist - Dorothea Jakob, Artist

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

Litene (Pēteris Vasks)

5
Litene: I. —
00:04:13

Marcus Creed, Conductor - Peteris VASKS, Composer - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

6
Litene: II. —
00:05:57

Marcus Creed, Conductor - Peteris VASKS, Composer - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

2 Songs After Ernst Enno (Veljo Tormis)

7
No. 1, The Fairy Tale of the Young Summer)
00:03:16

Marcus Creed, Conductor - Veljo Tormis, Composer - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

8
No. 2, Barely Audible Somewhere the Home Country Is Calling
00:05:18

Marcus Creed, Conductor - Veljo Tormis, Composer - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

4 Madrigals by e.e. cummings (Andris Dzenītis)

9
No. 1, unmeaning
00:03:10

Marcus Creed, Conductor - Julius Pfeifer, Artist - Hubert Mayer, Artist - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist - Johanna Zimmer, Artist - Wiebke Wighardt, Artist - Mikhail Nikiforov, Artist - Andris Dzenītis, Composer - Stefanie Blumenschein, Artist

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

10
No. 2, i carry your heart
00:05:10

Marcus Creed, Conductor - Julius Pfeifer, Artist - Hubert Mayer, Artist - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist - Johanna Zimmer, Artist - Wiebke Wighardt, Artist - Mikhail Nikiforov, Artist - Andris Dzenītis, Composer - Stefanie Blumenschein, Artist

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

11
No. 3, may i...
00:03:20

Marcus Creed, Conductor - Julius Pfeifer, Artist - Hubert Mayer, Artist - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist - Johanna Zimmer, Artist - Wiebke Wighardt, Artist - Mikhail Nikiforov, Artist - Andris Dzenītis, Composer - Stefanie Blumenschein, Artist

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

12
No. 4, who are you?
00:05:01

Marcus Creed, Conductor - Julius Pfeifer, Artist - Hubert Mayer, Artist - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist - Johanna Zimmer, Artist - Wiebke Wighardt, Artist - Mikhail Nikiforov, Artist - Andris Dzenītis, Composer - Stefanie Blumenschein, Artist

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

Plonge (Justė Janulytė)

13
Plonge
00:10:34

Marcus Creed, Conductor - Séverine Ballon, Artist - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist - Justė Janulytė, Composer

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

And I Heard a Voice (Arvo Pärt)

14
And I Heard a Voice
00:06:46

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Marcus Creed, Conductor - SWR Vokalensemble, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2020 SWR Classic (P) 2020 SWR Classic

Album Description

With its cover art showing the flags of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and its sombre title, “Baltikum”, this final record from the prodigious SWR Vokalensemble shows clearly its intentions: a commitment to contemporary baltic choral music. The ninth and final episode of a series that Marcus Creed and his vocal ensemble have dedicated to musical portraits of various countries.


Of the seven composers presented here, only Arvo Pärt has broken out onto the international stage. This rich compilation allows one to discover music that is generally rather austere, of great beauty and with a meditative strength and sense of calm that characterises the music of baltic composers. A music which owes a lot to the tenacity of leader and violist Gidon Kremer who has dedicated himself for a long time to the discovery of baltic composers. Audiences from around the world can taste this impressive mix of the old and new, attracting listeners who would never go to concerts.


This new album presents original, rather intense arrangements of folkloric songs by Estonian Veljo Tormis alongside the orchestral and atmospheric work of Latvia’s leading female musician, Maija Einfelde. Arvo Pärt's exhilarating cantata Dopo la vittoria forms an arc until it reaches total silence in his final choral work And I heard a Voice. Pēteris Vasks is represented with his moving ballad Litene, which commemorates victims of the fight for the liberation of Lithuania. Emerging from a particularly active musical breeding ground, are three young composers that complete this fascinating offering. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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