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ECM’s classical New Series owes much of its success to Estonian music, with its early recordings of Arvo Pärt. Kreek is probably better known still in his homeland, where his folk-tinged sacred songs and settings are a key component of Estonia’s choral tradition. Vox Clamantis are specialists in repertoire influenced by Gregorian chant and their readings of Kreek – punctuated by instrumental interludes and improvisations by the Ambrosinis – are both idiomatic and highly individual. Kreek can be samey and plodding if not done well but the choir gives these settings the necessary energy to bring them to life. The recording was made in Tallinn’s beautiful Transfiguration Church.

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