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People love to sing--this has been true in every culture since the dawn of humankind--and people love to sing in choirs. Since Eric Ericson created The Swedish Radio Chorus in the 1950's, small professional-caliber choirs have sprung up throughout the world. These fine choirs, scattered across the continents, have made a practice of seeking and promoting music from their own cultures. By gathering these choral resources from around the world, Into Unknown Worlds introduces our listeners to complex works for a cappella choir from some of the less likely corners of the globe. Our previous CD, A Drop in the Ocean, was the first American recording to feature the music of Eriks E??envalds, a young composer from Latvia who is rapidly becoming the most-performed living composer of choral music. Our current disc features several of his pieces, including The Heaven's Flock, which Eriks wrote for us using the poetry of Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen. Latvia is a small country (a former Soviet Republic) on the coast of the Baltic Sea, where one out of every three people in the country sings in a choir. The fall of Communism allowed a resurgence of Latvian musical culture, and this CD is the first American disc to include the music of Peteris Butans, an older Latvian composer who attempts to capture the struggle for faith in times of oppression in his music. The Philippine Madrigal Singers was the first professional choir from Asia to achieve worldwide renown. Indonesian conductor and composer Budi Susanto Yohanes gained tremendous inspiration from the virtuosity of the voices in this ensemble. We are also the first American ensemble to record his music. Our own country is represented by Samuel Barber, the first major 20th Century American composer to write multiple works for the a cappella choir, and by Eric Whitacre, who is one of our most-performed living composers. While these pieces do not originate from a world unknown to us, the pieces do speak about t
  • Portland State Chamber Choir - Into Unknown Worlds [CD]
  • Music
Publication Date20140910
Publisher ImprintAudio & Video Labs, Inc

Into Unknown Worlds

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