Press Archive

Estonia Choir Performs Sounds of Its People

Washington Post – Charles T. Downey – On Sunday afternoon, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir made a stop at the Clarice Smith Center on its North American tour. The program highlighted the music of living Estonian composers, one of this esteemed choir's specialties. Read more

When classical music masterpieces become soundtrack cliches

Los Angeles Times – David Ng – There are certain classical pieces that are repeated so often at the movies that they've lost virtually all power to move or surprise us. Certainly Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries," which featured prominently in "8 1/2" and "Apocalypse Now," ranks among the classically clichéd. So do Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 (Prelude), Orff's "Carmina Burana" and most of Beethoven's symphonies. Read more

Estonian Chamber Choir at Usher Hall, Edinburgh

The Times – Richard Morrison – Other people devise league tables of wines, or left-handed batsmen since the war. I rank choirs. And on the basis of their Edinburgh Festival appearance (they were also at the Proms this week) the 26 choristers of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir soar right to the top of my Choral Champions League. Read more

Is it time to give Pärt a rest?

The Guardian – Samuel Wigley – Hollywood as well as arthouse directors rely increasingly on the magical music of Arvo Pärt to soundtrack their films. But is it becoming overexposed? Read more

Arvo reaches the parts other composers can't

The Irish Independent – Pat O'Kelly – This year's RTE Living Music Festival devoted itself, in the main, to a retrospective of Estonian-born composer Arvo Part. Read more