RENÉ EESPERE (b.1953): Epigrams: I and II for Tenor and Chamber Orchestra, IV-VI for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra, III and VII for Baritone and Chamber Orchestra, Invocatio for Baritone, Mixed Choir and Chamber Orchestra, Mater Rosæ for Mixed Choir and Chamber Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 08O084
Label: Estonian Record Productions
Reference: ERP 1909
Description: Here's something you don't run across very often: seven Latin epigrams (Seneca, Ovid, possibly Martial and four anonymous from the early Christian era) set for operatic voice and orchestra in this Estonian composer's eclectic (a bit of Impressionism, a dash of Orff, a whiff of sacred music), utterly approachable style. They're all in the 4-6 minute range. The coupling is a 15-minute piece with a much longer Latin text by a living Estonian Classics professor and a seven-minute choral-orchestral parable of love returns to a medieval codex for its text. Latin-English texts. François Soulet (tenor), Jelena Voznesenskaya (soprano), Sauli Tiilikainen, René Soom (baritones), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Risto Joost.