Ondine, February 2016, ODE 1245-2
Works for Chamber Choir and Chamber Ensembles
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Theatre of Voices
Conrad Steimnann, recorder
Paul Hillier, conductor
Svjatki for mixed choir (1997/2004)
Salve Regina for vocal quartet and string quartet (2013)
Diptych for male chorus (2011)
Lament for recorder (2000)
Nature morte for mixed choir (2008)
In paradisum for mixed choir (2012)
Sound Engineer Preben Iwan
Ondine is proud to release this disc of choral works dedicated to Estonian composer Galina Grigorjeva (b. 1962). The works, recorded in the presence of the composer, are being performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir conducted by Paul Hillier.
Galina Grigorjeva, originally born in Ukraine, is known for her deeply spiritual and timeless sacred vocal works. The title piece of the disc, Nature Morte, is a powerful spiritual work based on poetry by Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996). Some elements of folk music can also be heard in the vocal suite Svjatki which uses Russian folk texts. Other vocal pieces on the disc follow traditional Latin and Slavic liturgical texts.
The recordings by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir have gathered positive reviews in the worldwide press. This recording is the fifth release by the choir on Ondine.