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Royal Holloway’s debut Hyperion recording (of the Latvian composer Rihards Dubra) received a rapturous response from the critics. Now they have produced a second volume of Baltic delights, turning this time to Lithuania and the sumptuous music of Vytautas Miškinis, the doyen of current Lithuanian choral culture.
His music, while bearing identifiable Lithuanian roots, is a synthesis of different influences carefully shaped and moulded with an experienced understanding of choral orchestration. Like many other Baltic composers of the same generation, Miškinis takes an essentially diatonic approach but with much overlaying of harmonies and coloured cluster-chords. What makes the music unmistakably Lithuanian is the influence of two folk-song genres. The overall effect is luscious, radiant and exotic. This music is passionately performed by these talented young singers and sensitively recorded in a generous church acoustic.
Miskinis: Dum Medium Silentium
Miskinis: O Sacrum Convivium
Miskinis: Pater Noster
Miskinis: Tenebrae Factae Sunt
Miskinis: Neiseik, Saulala (Don't Leave Me, Sun)
Miskinis: 7 O Antiphons - #1 O Sapientia
Miskinis: 7 O Antiphons - #2 O Adonai
Miskinis: 7 O Antiphons - #3 O Radix Jesse
Miskinis: 7 O Antiphons - #4 O Clavis David
Miskinis: 7 O Antiphons - #5 O Oriens
Miskinis: 7 O Antiphons - #6 O Rex Gentium
Miskinis: 7 O Antiphons - #7 O Emmanuel
Miskinis: Oi Sala, Sala (Oh, It's Getting Cold)
Miskinis: O Magnum Mysterium
Miskinis: Ave Maria II
Miskinis: Salve Regina
Miskinis: Ave Maria III
Miskinis: Time Is Endless
“Rupert Gough has wrought wonders with his Egham choristers. Their tone glows warmly, with a firm bass-line and bell-like top soprano and tenor lines. Pitching is spot-on and climaxes are beautifully controlled...compelling and committed singing.”
“The clarity and translucence of Royal Holloway's young voices, expertly trained and thoroughly prepared for this demanding job, ideally suits Miškinis' infinitely subtle art...the atmosphere and flavour of this album consistently feel 'right'.”
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