Naxos has announced the release of Translations, a new Ešenvalds album by the Portland State Chamber Choir and Ethan Sperry. Forthcoming on 12 March, the album is the sequel to The Doors of Heaven (Naxos 2017) and features seven works, including the world premiere recording of Translation (2016) on a text by Oregon’s poet laureate Paulann Petersen.
The album explores the idea of ‘translation’ or the transformations that occur within us when we encounter the power of nature, legends, or the divine. PSCC conductor Ethan Sperry: ‘Each piece of Ešenvalds’ music addresses our essential nature — from the frustrations at our limitations to our desire to touch the divine — and translates this into musical language that moves us to our very core, deepening our understanding of what it means to be human.’
1. O salutaris hostia
2. The Heavens’ Flock
4. My Thoughts / Мысли мои
6. The Legend of the Walled-In Woman
7. In paradisum
Translations was recorded in 2019 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Mount Angel, OR, with producer Erick Lichte, and engineers John Atkinson and Doug Tourtelot.