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Estonian vocal music Loomiselaul The Creation

Johannes Ockeghemn and Estonian sacred folk songs

Heinavanker Ensemble/Margo Kõlar

Maulbronn Monastery, June 2005,
recorded, produced and designed
by Andreas Otto Grimminger & Josef-Stefan Kindler
in co-operation with Jürgen Budday.
Photos and pictures: Josef-Stefan Kindler

Audio-CD KuK 21 c. 60 mins, DDD

A delightful concert recorded by a specialist vocal group which explores Ockeghem‘s intricate music - "an extraordinary balance between hidden mathematical constructions and the apparently spontaneous melody lines" - motets and mass sections interspersed amongst characteristic sacred choral pieces of great vitality, unique to the small Estonian population.

Rather than paraphrasing the extensive notes to be found in the booklet, I prefer to refer you to enjoy KuK's own unique presentation on their website. We have reviewed a number of their large scale concerts of choral and orchestral music, which is their chief specialism, but this intimate event of music for one to six voices is not to be missed. The atmosphere and acoustic is perfectly caught and augmented by the pictures to be seen on the moving presentation at

which is well worth a mouse-click!

I have been enjoying the CD again whilst posting this short note; recommended as something special and different.

© Peter Grahame Woolf