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Rivers of light

First line:
Kuovsakasah reukarih tåkko teki
SB soli + SATB divisi and jaw harp; commissioned by Swedbank Choir and Artūrs Ancāns
author of text
text compiled by the composer from Sámi folk songs and the writings of Candace Savage, Kari Kaila, Charles Francis Hall, William Reed and Fridtjof Nansen

Rivers of light might be seen as a companion piece to Northern Lights and, indeed, it revisits some of the same ideas. It has a similar folk-song opening—this time from the Sámi people of Scandinavia (the piece was commissioned by the Swedbank Choir in Riga, Swedbank being a Swedish bank with a big presence in Latvia). This is eventually combined with another Sámi folk song for a male voice over another of Ešenvalds’ ‘eternal’ chorales, and the words of the explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Charles Francis Hall also appear in a kaleidoscope of texts that facilitates a sustained but varied musical vision of light—specifically the Northern Lights—in its many forms.

from notes by Gabriel Jackson © 2015


Ešenvalds: Northern Lights & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68083Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Ešenvalds: There will come soft rains & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD603Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 10 on CDA68083 [5'35]
Track 4 on SIGCD603 [5'58] Download only

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