Wandering Heart



“This choir of lions from Vancouver makes a glorious sound which is warm, rich, lush, and perfectly blended. The theme of the programming is the cosmos and the featured composer is Ēriks Ešenvalds.”

Shirley Ratcliffe


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Wandering Heart includes five world premiere recordings including Wandering Heart by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds with texts by Leonard Cohen.

Commissioned by Chor Leoni as the first work funded through the choir’s Diane Loomer Commissioning Fund, Wandering Heart was premiered in April 2015. The composition has already spawned a feature-length ballet in collaboration with Ballet BC and choreographer Stijn Celis which premiered in November 2015.

Recorded in the stunning acoustic of Vancouver’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts with GRAMMY award-winning producer Steve Barnett, Wandering Heart is the choir’s first recording since 2011 and its first under the direction of Erick Lichte.

My cycle of three songs to words of Leonard Cohen has become, in the voices of Chor Leoni and through the hands of Erick Lichte, like a symphony with a true orchestral, multi-dimensional depth.            

– Ēriks Ešenvalds

Track List

  1. Stars – Ēriks Ešenvalds
  2. I Saw Eternity – Paul Mealor
  3. Twelve O’Clock Chant – I.  Wandering Heart – Ēriks Ešenvalds/Leonard Cohen
  4. I Lost My Way – II. Wandering Heart – Ēriks Ešenvalds/Leonard Cohen
  5. The Road is Too Long – III. Wandering Heart – Ēriks Ešenvalds/Leonard Cohen
  6. Adspice Dominum – I. Vespergesang – Felix Mendelssohn
  7. Aperi oculos tuos | Qui regis Israel – II. Vespergesang – Felix Mendelssohn
  8. Aperil oculos tuos – III. Vespergesang – Felix Mendelssohn
  9. O lux beata Trinitas – IV. Vespergesang – Felix Mendelssohn
  10. Even When He Is Silent – Kim André Arnesen
  11. Sure on This Shining Night – Morten Lauridsen
  12. Yahrzeit – Robert Moran
  13. Long Road – Ēriks Ešenvalds
Catalogue number

CLR1611, released 2016

Produced by

Erick Lichte

Session Producer

Steve Barnett

Recording Engineer

Grant Rowledge


May 2015 & May 2016 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver, BC, Canada.


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