Thursday, 2008 December 11th, 8 PM
THE NIGHT PRAYER
Latvian Radio Choir
COSMOS vocal group
Sigvards Kļava, conductor
Program Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt., Valentin Silvestrov, Alexander Knaifel and Latvian composers Inna Petlyak and Pēteris Butāns
The extraordinary interpretation of the sacred music in the twilight.
This is probably one of the finest choirs in the world today and I was able to experience at first hand the extraordinary beauty of its choral sound, the precision of its ensemble, the perfection of its intonation, the subtlety of its phrasing, as well as the striking individuality of its soloists.
Gavin Bryars, composer, on the Latvian Radio choir
Six guys with voices that make any synthesizer so embarrassed that it usually explodes. I know there are a cappella groups all around the world. However, what COSMOS does is something beyond singing and even beyond music. I saw their concert just before Christmas and the public went completely crazy. I happened to be on Madonnas concert in London, and I have to admit that I was less impressed.
Ēriks Stendzenieks, Director of the Advertising Agencie ZOOM, on Cosmos