‘Latvia has given the world an extraordinary wealth of choral music. Alongside Māris Sirmais and the State Choir Latvija, Ešenvalds’ compositions transcend the bounds of the choral genre, creating startlingly fresh musical landscapes.’
— Stephen Layton, Director of Music of The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Conductor of Polyphony
From the dim and distant past celebrates the 75th anniversary of State Choir Latvija, the largest professional choir in the Baltics. Directed by Māris Sirmais, this recording features ten choral works reflecting Ešenvalds’ deep connection with folk music, ancient legend, and the natural world.