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Gramophone magazine names PSU Chamber Choir’s new album as Editor’s Choice
Author: Karen O'Donnell Stein
Posted: April 21, 2020

The Portland State University Chamber Choir’s new album, “Ēriks Ešenvalds Translations” (Naxos) has been named an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine’s May 2020 roundup of “The best new classical albums.”

The magazine’s review of the seven-work recording praises the “immaculate” artistry and “”luscious choral textures” of the ensemble, led by Ethan Sperry. 

“For those seeking comfort and an escape from the manifold stresses and uncertainties currently facing mankind, there will be much in this new collection of choral music by Ēriks Ešenvalds that will warm the soul and give solace while also providing a salutary reminder of the essential fragility of our existence,” writes critic Malcolm Riley. “A stunning, timely triumph . . . full of ravishing, transformative and deeply touching music.” Read the full text of the review here.

“Translations” has also earned kudos from James Manheim of AllMusic, who writes that the choir “punches way above its weight, and almost alone among U.S. university ensembles, furnishes competition for British collegiate choirs. . . . A truly lovely choral release, with youthful voices at their most enchanting.” AllMusic’s review can be read here.

John Quinn of MusicWeb International joins in the chorus of praise, writing, “The scoring glows, with two soprano soloists carolling above the sound of the rest of the choir. Here, the soloists are Kate Ledington and Maeve Stier and they make a truly beautiful sound; their voices sound like the aural equivalent of seeing birds in flight.” MusicWeb International’s review can be read here.

Finally, ArkivMusic names “Translations” the number one choice in its 25 recommendations for “Music for Uplift and Reflection.” View the list here.

 “Translations” may be purchased here.