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Track(s) taken from CDA67818

Neišeik, saulala 'Don't leave me, sun'

2007; commissioned by Maris Sirmais and the Latvian Youth Choir Kamer as part of the World Sun Songs project; with skuduciai (Lithuanian panpipes)
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Royal Holloway Choir, Rupert Gough (conductor), Gillian Franklin (soprano)
Recording details: January 2010
St Alban's Church, Holborn, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: November 2010
Total duration: 6 minutes 16 seconds

Cover artwork: Tree by Charlie Baird (b1955)


'His music has a timeless and highly atmospheric quality. Textures and nuances are used with great perception … the effect on the listener is best summed up as being one of 'contemplative meditation'. Rupert Gough has wrought wonders with his Egham choristers. Their tone glows warmly, with a firm bass-line and bell-like top soprano and tenor lines. Pitching is spot-on and climaxes are beautifully controlled  … the sumptuous swimming acoustic of St Alban's, Holborn, is perfect for this delicious music' (Gramophone)

'Vytautas Miškinis might be the best thing to happen to choral societies since Morten Lauridsen … the Choir of Royal Holloway sing with excellent intonation and blend' (International Record Review)

'The clarity and translucence of Royal Holloway's young voices, expertly trained and throroughly prepared for this demanding job, ideally suits Miškinis' infinitely subtle art. Gough and his choristers are outstanding … exquisite in their hypnotic contrasts and folk-like purity' (Classic FM Magazine)
Neišeik, saulala (Don’t leave me, sun) was written in 2007 for the Latvian Youth Choir Kamer. Miškinis was one of seventeen composers commissioned as part of a large World Sun Songs project. Each composer was asked to consider the impact of the sun in their own lives. Intent on creating a piece imbued with the spirit of Lithuanian folklore Miškinis utilizes a fragment of a familiar Shepherd Song The sun, my mother. This melancholy song is an elderly mother’s prayer for her only son to return after twenty-five years of service in the army. Lithuanian panpipes, called skuduciai, play alongside the voices of the choir providing, the composer states, ‘an acoustic element, not an accompaniment’. The result is a musical ritual which can be developed by visual action from the choir.

from notes by Rupert Gough © 2010

Neišeik, saulala (Ne me quitte pas, soleil) fut écrit en 2007 pour le Jeune chœur letton Kamer. Miškinis fut l’un des dix-sept compositeurs qui, dans le cadre d’un vaste projet intitulé Wold Sun Songs, se virent commander une œuvre les invitant à envisager l’impact du soleil sur leur vie personnelle. Désireux de créer une pièce baignée de l’esprit du folklore lituanien, Miškinis utilise un fragment de Le soleil, ma mère, un célèbre chant de berger mélancolique, prière d’une mère âgée pour que son fils unique revienne après vingt-cinq ans de service dans l’armée. Les flûtes de pan lituaniennes, les skuduciai, escortent les voix chorales en fournissant, précise le compositeur, «un élément acoustique, non un accompagnement». D’où un rituel musical que le chœur peut étoffer par une action visuelle.

extrait des notes rédigées par Rupert Gough © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Neišeik, saulala (Verlass mich nicht, Sonne) wurde 2007 für den litauischen Jugendchor Kame_r komponiert. Miškinis gehörte zu den siebzehn Komponisten, die beauftragt wurden, Beiträge für ein umfangreiches Projekt namens „World Sun Songs“ zu liefern, wobei jeder Komponist gebeten wurde, den Einfluss der Sonne auf sein Leben zu berücksichtigen. In der Absicht, ein vom Geist der litauischen Folklore geprägtes Stück zu schreiben, verarbeitet Miškinis ein Fragment des bekannten Schäferlieds Die Sonne, meine Mutter, das melancholische Gebet einer alternden Mutter um die Rückkehr ihres Sohnes nach fünfundzwanzig Jahren Wehrdienst. Litauische Panflöten (Skuduciai) ergänzen den Chorgesang nicht als Begleitung, sondern, dem Komponisten zufolge, als akustisches Element. Das Ergebnis ist ein musikalisches Ritual, das mittels visueller Aktivitäten des Chors entwickelt werden kann.

aus dem Begleittext von Rupert Gough © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber

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