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Timeless Light - Estonian cello works

Allar Kaasik has enjoyed a long and fruitful career, in his native Estonia as well as abroad. Reflecting on it in the liner notes to this very personal disc, he singles out one particular aspect: the ambition to embrace the very latest compositions by Estonian composers. Performing in churches as he often does, Kaasik finds music resounding in a church a part of the Holy Service. This is reflected in many of the works which have been written for him, with composers such as Galina Grigorjeva and Kuldar Sink enriching the tradition of Estonian church music.

Among Allar Kaasik’s many partners in performing these works, several appear on the present disc, including two eminent choirs – the State Choir Latvija and Estonian National Male Choir – as well as the Latvian organist Kristīne Adamaite. A focal point of the programme is the cello concerto Pro et contra by the most celebrated of all Estonian composers, Arvo Pärt. Kaasik is supported by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peeter Lilje and the recording has a particular significance – originally released by Melodiya in 1989, it was the first recording of Pärt’s music published on disc in the Soviet Union following the lifting of the unofficial ban on his music. The remaining works on Timeless Light were all recorded between 2014 and 2016.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Grigorjeva, Galina
01 Molitva (Prayer) for cello and male choir 13:48 $ 2.07 USD
  Composer: Sink, Kuldar
02 Gospodi, pomilui nas (Lord, have mercy on us) for cello solo 11:08 $ 1.67 USD
  Composer: Korvits, Tonu
  Excerpts from Seitsme linnu seitse und (Seven Dreams of
Seven Birds) for cello and choir
03 I. Animato 06:01 $ 0.90 USD
04 III. Cadenza 03:21 $ 0.50 USD
05 V. Allegretto giocoso 03:25 $ 0.51 USD
06 VII. Tranquillo con moto 05:17 $ 0.79 USD
  Composer: Pärt, Arvo
  Pro et contra, concerto for cello and orchestra 08:55
07 I. Maestoso 05:15 $ 0.79 USD
08 II. Largo 00:29 $ 0.07 USD
09 III. Allegro 03:11 $ 0.48 USD
  Composer: Grigorjeva, Galina
  Recitativo accompagnato - Sonata per violoncello solo 14:50
10 I. Volante, quasi improvvisata - Andante sostenuto 07:06 $ 1.07 USD
11 II. Ben marcato, con rabbia - Presto 02:49 $ 0.42 USD
12 III. Largo elegiaco 04:55 $ 0.74 USD
  Composer: Tüür, Erkki-Sven
13 Spectrum IV for cello and organ 14:04 $ 2.11 USD
  Album total 80:54
ComposerGrigorjeva, Galina
Korvits, Tonu
Pärt, Arvo
Sink, Kuldar
Tüür, Erkki-Sven
ChoirEstonian National Male Choir
State Choir Latvija
ConductorLilje, Peeter
Sirmais, Maris
Üleoja, Mikk
CelloKaasik, Allar
LyricistKangro, Maarja
Korvits, Tonu
OrchestraEstonian National Symphony Orchestra
Estonian State Symphony Orchestra
OrganAdamaite, Kristīne

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