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Timeless Light - Estonian cello works

Composer Galina Grigorjeva
Tõnu Kõrvits
Arvo Pärt
Kuldar Sink
Erkki-Sven Tüür
Performer Kristīne Adamaite
Allar Kaasik
Estonian National Male Choir
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
State Choir Latvija
Peeter Lilje, conductor
Māris Sirmais, conductor
Mikk Üleoja, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-1887 SACD
EAN 7318590018873
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Sep 2017
Total time 80'54

Allar Kaasik has enjoyed a long and fruitful career, in his native Estonia as well as abroad. Reflecting on it in the liner notes to this very personal disc, he singles out one particular aspect: the ambition to embrace the very latest compositions by Estonian composers. Performing in churches as he often does, Kaasik finds music resounding in a church a part of the Holy Service. This is reflected in many of the works which have been written for him, &&&with composers such as Galina Grigorjeva and Kuldar Sink enriching the tradition of Estonian church music.

Among Allar Kaasik’s many partners in performing these works, several appear on the present disc, including two eminent choirs – the State Choir Latvija and Estonian National Male Choir – as well as the Latvian organist Kristīne Adamaite. A focal point of the programme is the cello concerto Pro et contra by the most celebrated of all Estonian composers, Arvo Pärt. Kaasik is supported by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peeter Lilje and the recording has a particular significance – originally released by Melodiya in 1989, it was the first recording of Pärt’s music published on disc in the Soviet Union following the lifting of the unofficial ban on his music. The remaining works on Timeless Light were all recorded between 2014 and 2016.
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  Galina Grigorjeva
01 Molitva (Prayer) for cello and male choir 13'29
  Kuldar Sink
02 Gospodi, pomilui nas (Lord, have mercy on us) for cello solo 10'50
  Tonu Korvits
  Excerpts from Seitsme linnu seitse und (Seven Dreams of
Seven Birds) for cello and choir
03 I. Animato 6'00
04 III. Cadenza 3'21
05 V. Allegretto giocoso 3'25
06 VII. Tranquillo con moto 5'06
  Arvo Pärt
  Pro et contra, concerto for cello and orchestra 8'33
07 I. Maestoso 5'09
08 II. Largo 0'29
09 III. Allegro 2'55
  Galina Grigorjeva
  Recitativo accompagnato - Sonata per violoncello solo 14'33
10 I. Volante, quasi improvvisata - Andante sostenuto 7'05
11 II. Ben marcato, con rabbia - Presto 2'48
12 III. Largo elegiaco 4'40
  Erkki-Sven Tüür
13 Spectrum IV for cello and organ 13'47
  Album total 80'54
ComposerGrigorjeva, Galina
Korvits, Tonu
Pärt, Arvo
Sink, Kuldar
Tüür, Erkki-Sven
ChoirEstonian National Male Choir
State Choir Latvija
ConductorLilje, Peeter
Sirmais, Maris
Üleoja, Mikk
CelloKaasik, Allar
LyricistKangro, Maarja
Korvits, Tonu
OrchestraEstonian National Symphony Orchestra
Estonian State Symphony Orchestra
OrganAdamaite, Kristīne

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