Evening Impression

Latvian Radio Choir  •  Sigvards Kļava, Kaspars Putniņš

SKANI, 2019

  • 8
    He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
  • 9
    Мысли мои (My Thoughts)

A pitch-perfect choir, which seems to rise to any occasion; ideal acoustics in St John’s Church, Riga; and two conductors who vie with one another for honours. Another superb set from the Latvian chorus, performing Pēteris Vasks’s Songs of Love, two works by the brilliant Ēriks Ešenvalds – I Write and He Wishes For The Cloths of Heaven (a three-and-a-half minute marvel) – plus work by five other Baltic composers of two generations. The singing by this prolific choir is well up to standard, with no sign that they’re just running through unfamiliar scores. Ensembles are tight and seamless and the layering of voices within the space gives richness to the audio. First-rate at every level. (Brian Morton)