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Hyperion Records

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Front illustration based on a photograph by Dr Tracy Langkilde, Pennsylvania State University Biology Department.
Track(s) taken from CDA67968
Recording details: June 2012
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: July 2013
Total duration: 6 minutes 21 seconds

'The Choir of Royal Holloway's championship of the music of the Baltic countries is a true feather in their cap, as this recording proves once again … these simple, memorable melodies are couched in Kõrvits's lush (but never too lush) arrangements … performances and recording are outstanding' (Gramophone)

'Kõrvits is euphoniously fanciful, threading together elements of Lutheran hymnody with runic song, and vocal ornamentation with chamber-musical textures … this Baltic compilation is given gently sympathetic performances by the student singers of Royal Holloway College and the Britten Sinfonia under Rupert Gough' (BBC Music Magazine)

'This album proclaims the excellence of British choral singing and the remarkable quality of contemporary choral music from the Baltic countries. If you think that only indigenous choirs can bring out the best in music from this part of the world, then these magnificent performances, the latest in a Hyperion series, will make you think again … melodies to die for … this is a lovely work that casts its spell immediately. Gough and his forces deliver a spellbinding performance' (International Record Review)

The night is darkening round me
composer
2005; originally for male voices
author of text
1837

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In her poem The night is darkening round me (written in 1837) Emily Brontë introduces us to a character in the first stanza who remains unidentified throughout the whole of the poem. All we know is that the voice of the poet is bound by a ‘tyrant spell’ which prevents them from moving. Kõrvits was immediately enchanted by this text: ‘It has a power and courage inside it. It does not leave you neutral.’ Originally written for male choir, Kõrvits later rearranged the work for mixed voices. Finding the text ‘dark, but somehow bluesy’, Kõrvits uses a mezzo-soprano singing ‘with a folk or even blues style’ as the narrator. Many colourful effects are employed in the choral parts around this narrative and the ‘tyrant spell’ constantly pulls the music back to the rather sinister harmonies based around C minor heard at the beginning.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2013

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