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Andrejs Selickis (b.1960) was a pupil of Pärt. His music occupies the same kind of religious territory as that of his great mentor, with lots of references to Byzantine sacred chant, Orthodox religious music and so on. Indeed, anyone who loves John Tavener’s music is likely find this CD of interest. Selickis and conductor Sigurds Kļava have collaborated since 2012 and this CD is the first entirely devoted to Selickis’s music. The composer couldn’t wish for more sympathetic interpreters: throughout, the Latvian Radio Choir produce their renowned, seemingly effortless sound, honed by Kļava for the last quarter of a century, to great effect, while the disc as a whole offers the listener something of a meditative experience.

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