Reviews: Translations

The recent release Translations by Portland State Chamber Choir and Ethan Sperry on Naxos receives excellent reviews. Gramophone Magazine selected the recording as ‘Editor’s Choice’ for May: ‘More Ešenvalds from America’s West coast, although with no shared works from last month’s recommendation; another deeply moving offering of his music, superbly sung.’ Stereophile selected the album as its ‘Recording of the Month’ for June.

‘For those seeking comfort and an escape from the manifold stresses and uncertainties currently facing mankind, there will be much in this new collection of choral music by Ēriks Ešenvalds that will warm the soul and give solace while also providing a salutary reminder of the essential fragility of our existence. … A stunning, timely triumph, therefore, full of ravishing, transformative and deeply touching music.’ Gramophone Magazine (Malcolm Riley)

‘Ešenvalds is one of the most interesting and innovative composers of choral music currently before the public. Even his shortest works are ambitious in imagination and as a singer himself — he was for nine years a member of State Choir Latvija — he has great knowledge of what will work well for a choir. This particular programme offers an excellent cross section of his choral music. … Ešenvalds is extremely well served by the Portland State Chamber Choir. … They make a very fine sound indeed and the singing is highly disciplined and attentive to detail.’ MusicWeb International (John Quinn)

‘The music is gorgeous, filled with an ethereal beauty that speaks to me of celestial realms. The singing is equal in quality to the finest I've heard on record. And the recording quality is exemplary: If Translations were available in even higher resolutions than 24/96, I would have rated it 5 stars for sonics instead of 4.5, something I very rarely do.’ Stereophile (Jason Victor Serinus)