Classical Album of the Week
Elīna Garanča: Meditation
Meditation is the latest album from the superb Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča - a peaceful and very personal selection of music from her homeland and TIDAL’s Classical Album of the Week.
“Whatever I record,” says Garanča, “it’s always a reflection of my own emotional and psychological situation.”
In other words: a deeply private matter. This was the case with her previous albums and just as much so on Meditation. Here she sings a variety of beautiful, quiet songs from her home country of Latvia, as well as songs known by the hands of Mozart, Bizet and Mascagni.
If the song selection wasn’t personal enough, Meditation also finds Garanča joining forces with her husband, conductor Karel Mark Chichon, backed by the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and the Latvian Radio Choir.
The musical-historical point of departure is the supplicating Miserere by Allegri, who became a member of Urban VIII’s papal choir in 1629. In his own compositions, Allegri created music that seems to float above us, and which made a lasting impression on his devotees such as Goethe and Mendelssohn.
Elīna Garanča is a frequent guest at the world’s opera-houses and has one of those voices that creeps under the skin and into your heart. Take your time and enjoy this beautiful album with one of the world’s finest vocal artists – and in the best available quality.
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