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Winter ()

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composed by Arvo Pärt, English Traditional, Francis Pott, Jan Sandström, Jeff Alexander, Judith Bingham, Ola Gjeilo, Peteris Vasks, Rebecca Dale, Sergey Rachmaninov, Spoken Word

This seasonal release is only occasionally connected with Christmas, and it's notable and, probably for many listeners, desirable for that reason alone. The subject is winter itself, as seen in stark Nordic landscapes and reflected, presumably, in the music composed within them. That often means the Baltic countries, where holy minimalism rules these days. The Estonian giant of the style, Arvo Pärt, is here, but a bigger presence is Latvia's Peteris Vasks, whose music is becoming more widely known. The English ensemble ...

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  1. Ólafur Arnalds on "For Now I Am Winter"
  2. Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, for chorus
  3. Winter, for chorus, violin, cello & celeste
  4. Balulalow, for chorus
  5. Nunc dimittis, for chorus
  6. Lidzenuma ainavas (Plainscapes), for chorus, violin & cello
  7. Come Wander with Me, song
  8. In the Bleak Midwinter, for chorus (after G. Holst)
  9. The Fruit of Silence, for chorus (or chorus & piano)
  10. Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37: Nunc Dimittis
  11. The Darkness Is No Darkness, for choir & organ
  12. The Snow It Melts the Soonest
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