Last year, Classical MPR unveiled its 2012 - 13 roster of live choral concerts to a gathering of choral singers, conductors and leaders. When the name of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir was announced, there was a special feeling of shared excitement in the room.
Let us show you why. This week on Morning Glories, we'll present performances by this choir one of the world's finest as we look forward to its appearance in Minnesota later this month (Ticket information).
MondayArvo Pärt: Salve Regina
If the Choir is identified with one composer, it would be Arvo Pärt. His unique, haunting sound world has made him almost a cult figure in contemporary music.
TuesdayUrmas Sisask: Five Songs from Gloria Patri
Another example of the remarkable musical vitality in the Baltic countries today: Estonian composer Urmas Sisask (b. 1960).
WednesdayJean Sibelius: Rakastava; Cyrillus Kreek: Folk Songs
Two examples of an earlier, Romantic style of choral writing, from Finland (Sibelius) and Estonia (Kreek).
ThursdayArvo Pärt: Magnificat Antiphons
As you'll hear in this piece, Pärt often builds his pieces on repetition of the simplest harmonies.
FridayArvo Pärt: Dopo la vittoria
A celebratory piece, with dance-like rhythms.