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Rivers of light

First line:
Kuovsakasah reukarih tåkko teki
composer
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

Recordings

Ešenvalds: Northern Lights & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68083Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 10 on CDA68083 [5'35]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68083 track 10

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-15-08310
Duration
5'35
Recording date
11 January 2014
Recording venue
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Ešenvalds: Northern Lights & other choral works (CDA68083)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: February 2015
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