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Wandering Heart

Chor Leoni Men’s Choir and Artistic Director Erick Lichte proudly announce the release of their new CD Wandering Heart. This stunning collection includes five world premiere recordings including Wandering Heart by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds with texts by Leonard Cohen.

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 - Wandering Heart Ēriks Ešenvalds
  4. I Lost My Way - Wandering Heart Ēriks Ešenvalds
  5. The Road is Too Long - Wandering Heart Ēriks Ešenvalds
  6. Adspice Domine - Vespergesang Op. 121 Felix Mendelssohn
  7. Aperi oculos tuos | Qui regis Israel - Vespergesang Op. 121 Felix Mendelssohn
  8. Aperi oculos tuos - Vespergesang Op. 121 Felix Mendelssohn
  9. O lux beata Trinitas - Vespergesang Op. 121 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

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  1. Listened on CBC Radio 2, lovely!

    —Karen Labahn |
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  2. First heard Chor Leoni on CBC years ago. Beautiful arrangements, stunning vocals. So glad to get this one as a little ‘pre-Christmas’ gift to myself. Thank you for adding such beauty to the world.

    —Kate Ferris |
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  3. Breathless beauty that touched my soul and brought tears of joy… thank-you so much for this…

    Jane Dormon |
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  4. Choir & Organ – March/April 2017

    WANDERING HEART (WORKS BY ĒRICKS EŠENVALDS, PAUL MEALOR, MENDELSSOHN, KIM ANDRÉ ARNESEN, MORTEN LAURIDSEN, ROBERT MORAN)

    Chor Leoni / Erick Lichte (dir)
    Chor Leoni Records CLR 1611 [67:17]

    ★★★★★

    This choir male voice 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. The CD starts with his atmospheric Stars, accompanied by water-tuned glasses, which hot only captures the night sky buy makes you feel you can reach out and touch the unknown. Other Ešenvalds works on the CD are his commissioned cycle of three evocative songs for Chor Leoni setting word of Canadian poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, and Long Road, in which he paints a soundscape with the help of bass recorder and wooden flute.

    The Choir’s performances are excellent, especially their breathtaking crescendos and diminuendos. Other highlights on the disc are Paul Mealor’s celestial I Saw Eternity, with wind chimes and soprano saxophone, and Morton Lauridsen’s Sure on This Shining Night, which creates the composer’s usual magic mix of harmonic invention. There is so much to enjoy here.

    SHIRLEY RATCLIFFE
    http://www.choirandorgan.com

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