photo by Viesturs Petersons

photo by Viesturs Petersons
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24.3.14

The Nightingale 29.03.2014 @Glyptoteket

Sat 29/03/2014 16:00, 18:00 Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek  udsolgt
Sun 30/03/2014 16:00 Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek  udsolgt
Copenhagen, Denmark

Michala Petri, Ghita Nørby 
DR Vocal Ensemble, Stephen Layton conductor 
Uģis Prauliņš "The Nightingale" (H. C. Andersen)




Michala Petri og Ghita Nørby sammen om ’Nattergalen’

29. marts kl. 16.00 på Glyptoteket i København: Blokfløjtespiller, skuespiller og DR Vokalensemblet sammen om H. C. Andersens værk.


Prisvindende værk

Værket 'The Nigtingale', som opføres af DR VokalEnsemblet, er af den lettiske komponist Ugis Praulins. Han er rock- og folkemusiker og har vundet flere priser for sine indspilninger. I hans The 'Nightingale' kan man høre inspirationen fra flere genrer: rockens puls, lettisk folkemusik med dens skæve takter og ikke mindst stumper af lettiske folkesange. Historien kan genkendes i værket når publikum eksempelvis møder Kejseren (bas), kokkepigen (høj sopran) og Nattergalens forførende fløjten.
'The Nightingale' indspilningen har opnået stor anerkendelse og modtog blandt andet tidligere i år den fornemste tyske kritikerpris for mest innovative cd: ECHO-prisen, indspilningen er også blevet nomineret til en amerikansk Grammy i to kategorier og blev i England nomineret til en Gramophone Award.

http://www.dr.dk/Om_DR/Nyt+fra+DR/Programmer_koncerter/2013/12/09094827.htm

Michala Petri, recorders

Nattergalen af H. C. Andersen er et af den store digters mest elskede eventyr.
Til koncerten kan publikum forvente en poetisk rejse, hvor DR VokalEnsemblet, den folkekære skuespillerinde Ghita Nørby og den verdensberømte, danske blokfløjtenist Michala Petri sammen skaber en unik fortælling i musik og ord.
Ghita Nørby læser højt af den populære historie, mens DR VokalEnsemblet i en vekselvirkning fremfører Ugis Praulins berømte korværk over samme fortælling. Koncerten bliver dirigeret af Stephen Layton, der blev Grammy-nomineret for sin musik til netop Nattergalen, og Michela Petri spiller på blokfløjter.
Ghita Nørby fortæller: "Jeg holder allermest af H.C. Andersen, når han anskuer menneskesjælen, når han er barsk, når han spidder os - og især den danske folkesjæl. Når han viser menneskets brutalitet, dumhed og smålighed." Nattergalen er ikke blot eventyret om Kejseren fra Kina og en kinesisk sangfugl men kommer omkring eviggyldige temaer som det sande, det naturlige, kunsten og musikken. Alt det der slutteligt vækker den døende Kejser til live.
Dirigent: Stephen Layton

Værk:
Ugis Praulins 'The Nightingale'

Medvirkende:
DR VokalEnsemblet
Michala Petri
Ghita Nørby




14:00
Lørdag, 29/03/14
Nattergalen
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek -...
Storkøbenhavn
DR VokalEnsemblet
120.00 - 200.00 DKK
+ kortgebyr og evt.
leveringsgebyr
16:00
Lørdag, 29/03/14
Nattergalen
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek -...
Storkøbenhavn
DR VokalEnsemblet
220.00 DKK
+ kortgebyr og evt.
leveringsgebyr
16:00
Søndag, 30/03/14
Nattergalen
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek -...
Storkøbenhavn
DR VokalEnsemblet
220.00 DKK
+ kortgebyr og evt.
leveringsgebyr



NATTERGALEN
Nattergalen af H. C. Andersen er et af den store digters mest elskede eventyr.
Til koncerten kan publikum forvente en poetisk rejse, hvor DR VokalEnsemblet, den folkekære skuespillerinde Ghita Nørby og den verdensberømte, danske blokfløjtenist Michala Petri sammen skaber en unik fortælling i musik og ord.
Ghita Nørby læser højt af den populære historie, mens DR VokalEnsemblet i en vekselvirkning fremfører Ugis Praulins berømte korværk over samme fortælling. Koncerten bliver dirigeret af Stephen Layton, der blev Grammy-nomineret for sin musik til netop Nattergalen, og Michela Petri spiller på blokfløjter.

Ghita Nørby fortæller: ” Jeg holder allermest af H.C. Andersen, når han anskuer menneskesjælen, når han er barsk, når han spidder os – og især den danske folkesjæl. Når han viser menneskets brutalitet, dumhed og smålighed.” Nattergalen er ikke blot eventyret om Kejseren fra Kina og en kinesisk sangfugl men kommer omkring eviggyldige temaer som det sande, det naturlige, kunsten og musikken. Alt det der slutteligt vækker den døende Kejser til live.


Lars Hannibal via Facebook:
"2 amazing concerts with H.C.Andersen`s Fairy Tale "The Nightingale" in focus. It worked fantastic thanks to composer Ugis Praulins, conductor Stephen Layton, Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Michala Petri,- and not the least actress Ghita Nørby! Thank you for making this dream come true!"








http://www.amazon.com/Nightingale-Michala-Petri/dp/B005OZDXB4

http://www.allmusic.com/album/ugis-praulins-the-nightingale-daniel-börtz-nemesis-divina-etc-mw0002252283

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2012/Mar12/Petri_Nightingale_6220605.htm


10.3.14

"Baltic Exchange" with The Meljon Singers


"Baltic Exchange" with The Meljon Singers

Date: Saturday 22 March 2014, 7.30pm

Venue: Holy Trinity Church, 185 Hermon Hill, South Woodford, E18 1QQ
Transport: Tube - South Woodford (Central Line) Buses - 179, W12, W13 & W14
A collection of music from a region where the choral music tradition is deeply engrained; the Baltics. Support a local choir whilst being entertained with the music of Estonian and Latvian composers such as Dubra, Pärt and Prauliņš. If you're aware of these composers and/or Meljon, you know you're in for a treat but whether you usually listen to classical, jazz, pop or any other type of music, the beautiful voice of Meljon is bound to inspire!

Tickets:  Advance tickets ?10 | On the door ?12 | Under 18s Free. Box Office 01992 611711 or book online at www.meljon.ticketsource.co.uk
For more information visit www.meljon.org.uk

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The Meljon Singers
Baltic Exchange
Choral music from Estonia and Latvia

On Saturday 22 March The Meljon Singers will be taking their audience to the Baltics… Well, almost! This concert is actually taking place at Holy Trinity Church, South Woodford but the sounds of local traffic will be exchanged for the sounds of uplifting music from the Baltics.

Thanks to the likes of choral enthusiasts like Gareth Malone (The Choir and Sing While You Work, BBC2) and the emergence of numerous Rock Choir’s up and down the country, more and more people are finding out just how much fun it is to sing in and listen to a choir. The Meljon Singers are well experienced in that department as they will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary next year and this March the choir presents “Baltic Exchange”, a collection of songs from a region where the choral music tradition is deeply engrained.

Support your local choir whilst being entertained with the music of Estonian and Latvian composers such as Dubra, Pärt and Prauliņš. If you’re aware of these composers and/or Meljon, you know you’re in for a treat but whether you usually listen to classical, jazz, pop or any other type of music, the beautiful voice of Meljon is bound to inspire! 

Danielle John

Publicity Manager
The Meljon Singers

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"The choir has loved singing this work again and it made a deep impression on many members of the audience"
"We hope to sing Missa in London again in 2015"

Janette Ruocco MA BMus LRSM
Musical Director
Braintree Choral Society
Harlow Chorus Academy
Illumination Chamber Choir
The Meljon Singers
www.janette-ruocco.co.uk

24.2.14

IAM... iam ver egelidos (2013)

IAM...  

World première 23 Feb 2014: 
“Iam ver egelidos (Now spring brings back unchilled warmth) (7:15) 
Washington University's 560 Music Center, located at 560 Trinity Avenue, University City, Missouri 63130

To Philip Barnes and St. Louis Chamber Chorus

Catulli Carmina 46 [Latin] mixed choir a cappella SSAATTBB (2013) ~6 mins

Philip Barnes and the St. Louis Chamber Chorus. Photo by William A. Bascom

WORLD PREMIERE:


"The main event was a world première, “Iam ver egelidos (Now spring brings back unchilled warmth),” by Latvian composer Ugis Praulins (b. 1957). Praulins is an ex-choirboy and longtime rocker who has found his way into composing for classical ensembles; his is an important voice. A commission by the SLCC, it was the gift of an anonymous donor.
“Iam,” with a text by Catullus, is a complex work. It starts and ends with whispers, like spurts of spring wind, and mixes rock rhythms with phrases that influenced by liturgy and other different sources. In places, it features a stratospheric tessitura for the first sopranos, and it challenges the choir throughout. Praulins has done a terrific job of accompanying the text in a knowing and sympathetic way; with luck, Barnes will give audiences a second hearing of it soon."

http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/reviews/music-review-st-louis-chamber-chorus-explores-latin/article_e316711e-07c9-5cea-9700-727f1ae0625c.html
Sarah Bryan Miller is the  Post-Dispatch's classical music critic. Follow Bryan on the Culture Club blog, and on Twitter at @SBMillerMusic.


"The world premiere of a new commission by Ugis Praulins was a highlight." 
http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/

6.1.14

2014


Events 2014


[Kyrie, Missa Rigensis (U. Praulins)]
Santa Iglesia Catedral
sábado 5 de abril, 20:00 h.
Grupo Vocal Kromátika
Directora: Elisa Gómez



Desplegable Musica en Cuaresma 2014 - 628x300 mm_Maquetación 1 04/03/14 11:42 Página 2


"Y es que, la siguiente pieza volvía al cauce más tradicional en lo que a música sacra se refiere, un bello "Kyrie, Missa Rigensis" de U. Praulins." 





Missa Rigensis / San Francisco / The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco / Zane Fiala

Friday, March 28, 6 p.m. - Solarium Public Space, 55 2nd Street, San Francisco
Saturday, March 29, 7:30 p.m. - St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 3281 16th Street, San Francisco
Sunday, March 30, 5:30 p.m. - All Souls Episcopal Parish, 2220 Cedar Street, Berkeley


The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco, one of the preeminent choirs in the Bay Area would love to invite you to attend our upcoming concert, "Eternal Light." From Friday, March 28 to Sunday March 30, the choir will be presenting a series of concerts featuring the West Coast premiere of Missa Rigensis by Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš, as well as works by Ivo Antognini, Arvo Pärt and John Tavener.

The exuberant Mass setting at the center of “Eternal Light,” Uģis Prauliņš’ Missa Rigensis, is a muscular profession of faith centered on its dramatic Credo. The music encompasses a tremendous emotional range, from furiously swelling chorales to gentle amens, florid solos to bluntly declaimed spoken word passages. The companion pieces on the program present three contrasting expressions of the same intensity: Arvo Pärt’s stark, precisely focused Magnificat; John Tavener’s spare yet rich, chant-centered Song for Athene; and Ivo Antognini’s lush, many-layered Lux Aeterna.

“Missa Rigensis is a shining example of how Prauliņš’ diverse musical background has informed his compositional language, and it is unlike any other Mass I know of. The journey of the piece is absolutely exhilarating, and at its end, you really do feel at peace in this world.” said Zane Fiala, IOCSF’s artistic director.

https://www.facebook.com/events/662747767124596/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar 




The Nightingale 29.03.2014 @Glyptoteket

Sat 29/03/2014 16:00, 18:00 Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
Michala Petri, Ghita Nørby 
DR Vocal Ensemble, Stephen Layton conductor 
Uģis Prauliņš "The Nightingale" (H. C. Andersen)





Saturday 22 March 2014, 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Church, 185 Hermon Hill, South Woodford, E18 1QQ, U.K.
The Meljon Singers 
Conducted by Janette Ruocco



Sunday, February 23, 2014 


E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Music Center 
560 Trinity Avenue, University City, Missouri 63130, U.S.A.


The Ancients Speak: 
Latin 
THE SAINT LOUIS CHAMBER CHORUS 
Philip BARNES conductor



'Romance’ and Romans are inextricably linked in poems of passion and longing through Renaissance madrigals, part-songs by Randall Thompson and Antonín Tučapský, and an exquisite arrangement from The Song of Songs by Wolfram Buchenberg. Catullus’s poetry is set by Carl Orff, Mátyás Seiber, and—in a brand new version—the distinguished Latvian composer, Ugis Praulins.









Choral Celebration by Soundstreams, February 1 and 2 2014



http://www.soundstreams.ca/choral-recitals
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Choral Recital, February 1, 2014, 7:30 pm
St. Thomas' Anglican Church, 383 Huron St
Pro Coro Canada: Michael Zaugg, conductor
Ugis Praulins: Lux Beatissima (North American premiere)
Frank Martin: excerpts from the Mass for double choir
R. Murray Schafer: selections from Magic Songs
Veljo Tormis: Curse upon Iron


http://www.choirsontario.org/EventManager/detail?id=8a3620c242f02a2e014306f4717a0802

http://soundstreams.ca/canadian-choral-celebration
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Canadian Choral Celebration, February 2, 2014, 3:00 pm
Music by Henrik Gorecki, Knut Nystedt, John Beckwith, Ugis Praulins, R. Murray Schafer
Conductor: Kaspars Putnins (Latvia), and Lydia Adams, Jon Washburn, Michael Zaugg







Another fun concert day with Pro Coro Canada and Elmer Iseler Singers. It was lovely singing Ugis Praulins for our Edmonton audience. I saw many familiar faces in the crowd - thanks toChristina O'DellAdam ArnoldSara Brooks for making it out!

February 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
- See more at: http://www.soundstreams.ca/canadian-choral-celebration#sthash.STseSZW6.dpuf
Under the baton of Kaspars Putniņš, conductor of the Latvian Radio Choir, ensembles from three provinces—Ontario’s Elmer Iseler Singers, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and Alberta’s Pro Coro Canada—present a concert celebrating six decades of professional choral singing in Canada.
The festivities in Koerner Hall include a performance of Henryk Górecki’s monumental Miserere and the world premiere of a new work by R. Murray Schafer.
Pre-Concert Chat – 2:00 pm
Arrive early for a free pre-concert chat with three choir directors from across the country. Jon Washburn, Lydia Adams, and Michael Zaugg, join Lawrence Cherney for a discussion about the history and future of Canadian choral music.
Repertoire:
R. Murray Schafer: Hear the Sounds go Round (world premiere)
Henryk Górecki: Miserere
Knut Nystedt: Immortal Bach
John Beckwith: Sharon Fragments
Kaija Saariaho: Tag des Jahres (Day of the Year)
Uģis Prauliņš: Laudibus in Sanctis

VIDEO http://vimeo.com/87786987
'Laudibus in Sanctis' (2008) by Uģis Prauliņš - performed by Pro Coro Canada and Michael Zaugg (conductor) at the 'Canadian Choral Celebration' concert on February 2, 2014 at Koerner Hall (Toronto, Canada).
<<...Uģis Prauliņš’ Laudibus in Sanctis (2008), a euphoric composition set to the text of Psalm 150.>>
I CARE IF YOU LISTEN an award-winning digital magazine about new classical music, art and technology
By  » February 20, 2014, 7:00 am Concert
http://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2014/02/soundstreams-canadian-choral-celebration-koerner-hall/

- See more at: http://www.soundstreams.ca/canadian-choral-celebration#sthash.STseSZW6.dpuf 


More information about the SOUNDSTREAMS concerts on Feb 1 and 2, 2014:

3 Choral Recitals
Canadian Choral Celebration 

from MISSABLE: 

For example, on this tour, we are singing not just one Prauliņs but TWO Prauliņs works: Laudibus In Sanctis from our Canadian Connection's concert with the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the North American premiere of O Lux Beatissima. 
http://www.thechoirgirl.ca/2014/01/my-inner-chorister.html
@misssable

...
When we got to the rehearsal, Pro Coro was practicing “Laudibus in sanctis” by Latvian composer Ugis Praulins (with lots of squiggles over the letters, but help me if I know how to do that on this computer). (Editor’s note: Uģis Prauliņš.) It is such a great piece filled with Baltic melodies, and they sing it so beautifully. I could see everyone in our group captivated by it, and all the fatigue we were feeling evaporate as we realized how good tomorrow’s concert is going to be.
from http://vccontour.blogspot.com/



classicalvoiceamerica.org
By Colin Eatock TORONTO - Three of Canada's best choral ensembles combined into a 60-voice "super choir" of supple flexibility to perform music of Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš and counterparts from Finland, Poland, Norway and Canada.


By Colin Eatock

Pro Coro Canada, led by Michael Zaugg, fared better. Zaugg led a spirited performance of Laudibus in Sanctis by the Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš. Boldly and rhythmically chordal, it was something that a top-notch chamber choir could really sink its teeth into. Zaugg went straight to the heart of this rich and powerful piece. 

http://classicalvoiceamerica.org/2014/02/05/choruses-outshine-pale-repertoire-in-toronto-showcase/



Putnins & Praulins lauded in a tough Toronto concert review. Choruses Outshine Pale Repertoire In Toronto Showcase

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24.1.2014. / 20.03 Uhr

SWR2 Abendkonzert

Dolby Digital 5.1 
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart 
Michala Petri (Blockflöte
Leitung: Klaas Stok 
Rudolf Escher: Ciel, air et vents, 3Gedichte für gemischten Chor a cappella (1957) 
Ton de Leeuw: A cette heure du jour für gemischten Chor a cappella (1992) 
Robert Heppener: Del jubilo del core che esce in voce für 16-stimmigen Chor a cappella (1974) 
Ugis Praulins: The Nightingale, Musik zu dem Märchen Die Nachtigall von Hans Christian Andersen für gemischten Chor und Blockflöten (2010) (Konzert vom 18. Dezember 2013 im Mozartsaal der Stuttgarter Liederhalle) 
Daniel Smutny: 9-stimmige Motette für gemischten Chor a cappella (UA) Evangelische Jugendkantorei der Pfalz (2. Patenchor des SWR Vokalensembles Stuttgart) SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart Leitung: Marcus Creed (Konzert vom 14. Juli 2013) 

Schon mehrfach hat Klaas Stok mit dem SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart zusammengearbeitet - jetzt gibt er sein Debut in der Konzertreihe des SWR Vokalensembles Stuttgart: mit Höhepunkten aus dem reichen Chorrepertoire seiner niederländischen Heimat. Altmeister der niederländischen Moderne gibtes da zu entdecken mit anspruchsvollen Chorwerken voller Intensität und poetischer Zartheit. Die zweite Konzerthälfte gehört einem Chorzyklus, den der baltische Komponist Ugis Praulins im letzten Jahr für den dänischen Rundfunkchor geschrieben hat und den das SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart erstmals inDeutschland aufführt: Hans-Christian Andersens Märchen Die Nachtigall wird hier zu einer virtuosen Konzertsuite in acht Bildern: ein Weihnachtsmärchen für Erwachsene mit dem SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart und Michala Petri als atemberaubender Blockflöten-Nachtigall. Im Anschluss folgt die Ursendung der 9-stimmigen Motette von Daniel Smutny. Das Werk ist ein Kompositionsaufrag des SWR und des Vereins der Freunde und Förderer des SWR Vokalensembles für das SWR Vokalensemble und seinen Patenchor 2012/2013. Auf einen Text von Augustinus über die Untrennbarkeit von Gegenwart, Vergangenheit und Zukunft verbindet Daniel Smutny in seiner 9-stimmigen Motette die Tonsprache von Gegenwart und Vergangenheit. Dass er dabei die beiden Chöre nicht trennend gegeneinander antreten lässt, sondern sie räumlichund klanglich ineinander verschränkt, entspricht der Intention des Patenprogramms und steht für Daniel Smutnys Stil, mit Tradition und Vergangenheit auf kreative Weise kompositorisch selbstverständlich umzugehen.
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http://www.radio-today.de/radioprogramm.php?Sender=SWR2&Zeit=42203&Sendung=SWR2+Krimi(24.1.2014)

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Monday 6 January 2014

HIGH MASS for EPIPHANY
Durham Cathedral
7:30 pm

Ugis Praulinš: Missa Rigensis
Jonathan Dove: The Three Kings
The Singers, a chamber choir based in Newcastle upon Tyne. 
Since its inception the conductor of The Singers has been Donald Halliday.



http://www.singers.org.uk/future%20events.htm





Some of The Singers outside Durham Cathedral

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014 from 5:30am till 1:00pm

VIVA 21ST CENTURY - INTERNATIONAL EDITION - Part 2


Marvin Rosen
On the 2nd part of this program devoted to music of this century you will hear:
Grace (2001) by American composer, Judah Adashi (1975- ), La Passione (2002) by Dutch composer, Louis Andriessen (1939- ),  Icone (2008) by Italian composer, Cristian Carrara (1977- ), Symphony No. 4, "Desiderata" (2005) by Czech composer, Jaroslav Krček (1939- ), A Presentiment of You. Symphony No. 1 in D (2000) by Lithuanian composer, Arvydas Malcys (1957- ), The Nightingale (2010) by Latvian composer, Ugis Praulins (1957- ), Lichtes Spiel (2009) by German composer, Wolfgang Rihm (1952- ), Symphony for the Great Symphonic Orchestra (2008) by Polish composer, Weronika Ratusinska-Zamuszko (1977- ), William Barton/Matthew Hindson, Antony Girard, Elis Pehkonen, Takayoshi Yanagida and many others.
On WPRB 103.3 FM Princeton NJ, or on the Internet at: http://www.wprb.com/listen.php


https://www.facebook.com/marvin.rosen1/posts/10202706051313810?notif_t=mention 


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Rosen




Ugis Praulins

Last played Monday, January 06 2014 at 09:25 PM

Christmas Has Arrived

Ugis Praulins

Albany 1040
length: 02:23

http://www.wqxr.org/#!/musicians/ugis-praulins/

CD: "Latvian Christmas Cantatas". Balsis Youth Choir, New York Latvian Concert Choir, A.Jansons conductor

Albany records Catalogue Number: TROY1040 

UPCOMING EVENTS (2013/2014:)

http://ugispraulins.blogspot.com/2013/02/upcoming-events.html


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CONTACT:


praulins@hotmail.com