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Kreek's Notebook [Rupert Gough] [Hyperion: CDA67968]

The Choir of Royal Holloway , Britten Sinfonia , Tõnu Kõrvits , Arturs Maskats , Pteris Plakidis , et al. Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Rupert Gough
  • Composer: Tõnu Kõrvits, Arturs Maskats, Pteris Plakidis
  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. TÕNU KÕRVITS | Kreegi vihik Kreeks Notebook | Nüüd ole, Jeesus, kiidetud [4'26]
2. TÕNU KÕRVITS | Kreegi vihik Kreeks Notebook | Nüüd on see päev ju lõppenud [4'21]
3. TÕNU KÕRVITS | Kreegi vihik Kreeks Notebook | Ma kiitlen ükspäinis neist verisist haavust [1'36]
4. TÕNU KÕRVITS | Kreegi vihik Kreeks Notebook | Oh võta, armas Jeesus, vastu mult [4'11]
5. TÕNU KÕRVITS | Kreegi vihik Kreeks Notebook | Su hooleks ennast annan ma [3'20]
6. TÕNU KÕRVITS | Kreegi vihik Kreeks Notebook | Lenda üles kurbtusest [3'31]
7. TÕNU KÕRVITS | Kreegi vihik Kreeks Notebook | Minu hing, oh ole rõõmus [3'17]
8. TÕNU KÕRVITS | Kreegi vihik Kreeks Notebook | Ma vaatan üles mäele [6'21]
9. TÕNU KÕRVITS | The night is darkening round me [6'21]
10. ARTURS MASKATS | Lacrimosa [7'44]
11. PETERIS PLAKIDIS | In memoriam [5'53]
12. PETERIS PLAKIDIS | Fatamorga Mirage | Tuksneu karstos puteklos [2'51]
13. PETERIS PLAKIDIS | Fatamorga Mirage | Kas kaite ja man dziedat? [1'14]
14. PETERIS PLAKIDIS | Fatamorga Mirage | Meza virin [3'10]
15. ARTURS MASKATS | Lugums naktij Prayer to the night [2'59]

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This Baltic compilation is given gently sympathetic performances by the student singers of Royal Holloway College and the Britten Sinfonia under Rupert Gough. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine, Dec'13

Performances and recording are outstanding. --Gramophone awards issue, 2013

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Cahier de Kreek - The night is darkening round me - Lacrimosa - In memoriam - Fatamorgana "Mirage" - Lugums naktij "Prière à la nuit" / Royal Holloway Choir - Rupert Gough, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars eesti 30 Dec 2013
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i simply adore all of this music , one of the best works i have here at home. the compositional side , the harmonies the way how evolves , the melodies , the gentle pace breathing of the baltic , and the way chorus and orchestra interactes so oirginal , even with a wee minimal side to it , yes tonu korvitz , rene eespere , margo kolar ....a new generation of musical aproaches in estonia . good to the heart.i do recomend, has been so rewarding
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting Baltic Beauty 2 Dec 2013
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If I could give this "album" more than five stars, I would. This is a truly special collection of modern Baltic choral music; and by modern, I mean 21st century modern. For those of you who love Baltic choral music, jump on line and buy this right away. Every entry on this disc is excellent; and, other than the lovely but deeply saddening Lacrimosa (1995) by Arturs Maskats, all of this music is new to me. Somehow this music manages to be sweet, dark, innocent, and complicated all at the same time. And, as expected from modern Baltic choral faire, it is chocked with lovely tunes, sublime harmonies, and unending ethereal beauty.

The first nine tracks are recent compositions (2007,2005) by Estonian Tonu Korvits, who has yet even to garner a Wikipedia entry in English (several are available in "Baltic" languages). The title piece, "Kreek's Notebook", consists of eight highly original, choral/orchestral arrangements of various Baltic folk songs collected by the 19th century Estonian, Cyrillus Kreek. The tunes are exceptional - innocent, dark, sweet, and foreboding - while the arrangements are distinctive, atmospheric, fresh, and highly imaginative. I hear hints of several composers in this music: Gorecki, Esenwalds, Gjeilo, Vasks, Whitacre, Part, Copeland, Lauridsen, and others; however, Tonu Korvits always speaks with his own unique and delectable voice. You'll just love these, I promise. Korvit's ninth track, "The Night is Darkening Around Me", sounds just like its title, and is dark, atmospheric, and affecting.

The remainder of the disc offers up several beautiful modern entries by Latvian composers Arturs Maskats and Peteris Plakadis. Distinctive and fitting, all are up to the highest standards of modern Baltic choral music. There's not a dud on this disc - I love them all.

The Choir of Royal Holloway under Rupert Gough is, as always, exceptional, while the orchestral accompaniments of the Britten Sinfonia are perfect - precise, moving, and atmospheric. In fact, during Track 8 of Kreek's Notebook, I believe I perceived a bit of vibrato, rubato, and even sentimentality from The Royal Holloways - an unusual treat to be sure - and highly fitting to this music. By the way, there were several moments in this collection during which I was reminded of the music and singing in the album, Beautiful River, by the BYU Concert Choir and Orchestra. Despite any provincial or cultural biases that may arise, Beautiful River is a beautifully sung, eclectic collection of modern choral works, including a performance of Whitacre's, Five Hebrew Love Songs, in a version I find even more moving and effective than Whitacre's own. Sorry, I often digress.

Anyway, as I said above, I can't recommend Kreek's Notebook enough for those of you who love beautiful, ethereal, accessible, 21st century Baltic choral music at it's best. Highly Recommended!
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