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Born in Barcelona in 1973, Vivancos has already joined the coterie of supposedly musical spiritualists alongside Pärt and followers, being much appraised by his mentor in Oslo, Lasse Thoreson, as a composer of ‘music that has neither describable harmony nor a metrical structure’. There is little to be joyful about in his work, which employs echoing textures, enhanced by reverberat- ing acoustics, quite well explored by choirs in the 1960s, yet superbly performed now by the Latvian singers, who demonstrate a remarkable gamut of dynamics and a range of well over four octaves.

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