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Choral music by
Eriks Esenvalds -
recommended by
HOWARD SMITH

'... exciting music of the utmost graciousness.'

Esenvalds: Passion and Resurrection. © 2011 Hyperion Records Ltd

'When composing a work, I give myself to the temptation of the creative work -- a journey, whose twisting roads persistently, but convincingly, bring me to the final sounds of the score.

'Only then do I exhale,' says Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds (born 1977 at Priekule) whose orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal and piano works have been performed in Europe and the USA.

Esenvalds will spend two years beginning this October (2011) as a 'fellow commoner' at the University of Cambridge's Trinity College.

Hitherto he studied at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, where he graduated in 2002. He currently has his post-graduate studies there with Selga Mence (born 1953 at Liepaja) in the Composition Department of the Academy...

Copyright © 17 July 2011 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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CD INFORMATION: ESENVALDS: PASSION AND RESURRECTION

LATVIA

STEPHEN LAYTON

CAROLYN SAMPSON

HYPERION

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