Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2018-2019

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Latvian Radio Choir

Coolidge Auditorium

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Sigvards Kļava, Music Director
Kaspars Putniņš
, Conductor

In the nearly eight decades of its existence, this 24-voice ensemble has created a distinctive musical identity, theatrical and expressive, that has made them a powerful presence at the BBC Proms and Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival. The choir is a creative lab, encouraging composers to write music that challenges the limits of vocal expression. Revelatory performances—early music to new works written for the group—exhibit luminous textures and immaculate technique, in a choral blend of “surpassing beauty.” (Sydney Morning Herald). In this concert they perform music from the time of Gesualdo to recent works by their countrymen, Petris Vasks and Ēriks Ešenvalds, and transcriptions of works by Gustav Mahler: two songs and the haunting Adagietto from his 5th symphony.

G. GABRIELI

Symphoniae Sacrae (1615): Deus, in nomine tuo, Ch. 59

MAHLER/GOTTWALD

“Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”
“Die Zwei Blaue Augen”

PÄRT

Nunc dimittis

VASKS

Our Mother’s Names

PURCELL/SANDSTROM

Hear my prayer, oh Lord

GESUALDO/STRAVINSKY

Da pacem Domine

MAHLER/PESSON

Symphony no. 5: Adagietto

EŠENVALDS

A Drop in the Ocean

G. GABRIELI

Symphoniae Sacrae (1597): Iubilemus singuli, Ch. 31