More from Hillier and the Estonians

One of the happiest combinations of choral talent and creative leadership in recent years has been the work of Paul Hillier and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. (Read a review of Hillier’s ‘Baltic Voices 3’ ) “Da Pacem” is a group of sacred works by the modernist favorite son of the country, Arvo Part, and you’ll find the “Salve Regina” alone worth the trouble of finding and buying this work. Moving from a ruminative start to a gradual awakening of vocal tone and harmonies, the women and men answer each other. And this performance of such gathering, almost waltzing elegiac grace, Hillier says, he got by asking the singers to perform as if for a Fellini film.

Artists: Paul Hillier, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
CD: “Da Pacem”
Label: Harmonia Mundi