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Vox Clamantis / Jaan-Eik Tu

Cyrillus Kreek - The Suspended Harp Of Babel (CD)

The Suspended Harp of Babel features revelatory performances of the choral music of Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962). Kreek’s pieces, incorporating graceful settings of psalms and folk hymns, are juxtaposed here with instrumental fantasias and interludes created for this recording by Marco Ambrosini.

Under the direction of Jan-Eike Tulve, the Vox Clamantis choir - whose previous ECM recordings have addressed works of Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Helena Tulve as well as Gregorian chant- prove to be ideal interpreters of a music poised between old and new. The Suspended Harp of Babel was recorded in Tallinn’s Transfiguration Church in August 2018.

 

TRACK LIST
1 THE SUN SHALL NOT SMITE THEE (Cyrillus Kreek)
2 WHILST GREAT IS OUR POVERTY (Traditional, Cyrillus Kreek)
3 JACOB’S DREAM / PROEMIAL PSALM (FROM “ORTHODOX VESPERS”) (Traditional, Cyrillus Kreek)
4 FROM HEAVEN ABOVE TO EARTH I COME (Traditional, Cyrillus Kreek)
5 BLESS THE LORD, MY SOUL (Cyrillus Kreek)
6 AWAKE, MY HEART (Traditional, Cyrillus Kreek)
7 PRAISE THE NAME OF THE LORD (FROM “ORTHODOX VESPERS”) (Cyrillus Kreek)
8 DO THE BIRDS WORRY? (Traditional, Cyrillus Kreek)
9 LORD, I CRY UNTO THEE (Cyrillus Kreek)
10 HE, WHO LETS GOD PREVAIL (Traditional, Cyrillus Kreek)
11 BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON (Cyrillus Kreek)
12 THE LAST DANCE (Angela Ambrosini, Marco Ambrosini)
13 O JESUS, THY PAIN / DAME, VOSTRE DOULZ VIAIRE (Guillaume de Machaut, Cyrillus Kreek)