Harvey: The Angels, Ashes Dance Back & other choral works

Jonathan Harvey is Britain’s foremost composer of electronic music and has developed a complex and personal musical language for which he is globally recognized. His catalogue of works explores unique sound worlds and imaginative ensembles. The works on this disc, composed within seven years of each other during one of the most productive periods of Harvey’s career, demonstrate the stylistic range of his choral writing and his unique approach to the combination of live performance and electronic sound, as well as his innate sympathy for the voice.

The Latvian Radio Choir have been labelled as the creators of a new choral paradigm: a testament to their diverse range of voices and skilful performances of challenging experimental works. The choir champions the works of many leading Latvian composers and much focus is placed on exploring the capabilities of the human voice. The singers explore their skills by turning to the mysteries of traditional singing, as well as every other vocal utterance, from speech to breath.

They make their Hyperion debut with thrilling performances of Jonathan Harvey’s The Angels, Ashes Dances Back, Marahi and The Summer Cloud's Awakening.

CDA67835  63 minutes 40 seconds
‘The Latvian Radio Choir is evidently unfazed by the demands encountered, while the sound has an ideal depth and spaciousness. Warmly recommended’ (Gramophone)
‘Harvey's unworldly scores and the Latvian Radio Choir's superb ability to render them combine in this uncompromising disc’ (Choir & Organ)
‘Both Ashes and Awakening are visionary pieces, and have the makings of modern masterpieces … a magnificent disc, superbly performed and recorded, and a magnificent argument for the ...