Vox Clamantis

Jaan-Eik Tulve, conductor

Programmes:

 

The Deer's Cry: works by Arvo Pärt, Perotin, Cyrillus Kreek, David Lang, Helena Tulve, Tõnis Kaumann and gregorian chants.

 

Missa Syllabica: works by Guillaume de Machaut, Arvo Pärt, Perotin, John Dunstable, Igor Stravinsky, David Lang and gregorian chants.

 

Arvo Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen

 

Arvo Pärt: Passio

 

Arvo Pärt: Da pacem and gregorian chants.

 

You and I: works by Arvo Pärt, Tonis Kaumann, David Lang and gregorian chants.

 
Sacrum convivium: works by von Guillaume Machaut, Maurice Duruflé, Francis Poulenc, Olivier Messiaen, Arvo Pärt, Cyrillus Kreek and gregorian chants.

Sacrum convivium: works for ensemble and instrumentaltrio by Guillaume Machaut, Maurice Duruflé, Francis Poulenc, Olivier Messiaen, Arvo Pärt, Cyrillus Kreek and gregorian chants.

Partner: Marco Ambrosini Trio

Marco Ambrosini, nyckelharpa/Swedish key violin
Caterina Other, nyckelharpa/Swedish key violin
Frieder Zimmermann, acoustic guitar

Vox Clamantis

The Grammy-winning Estonian vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis comprises a diversity of twelve singers who share their passion for Gregorian chant, early polyphony and contemporary music. Formed in 1996 by conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve, the group has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for their unique sound and meaningful interpretation.

The ensemble’s musical thinking has its roots deep in the tradition of early European music, but also the performance of contemporary Baltic music forms a core theme within the repertoire of Vox Clamantis. Composers such as Arvo Pärt, Helena Tulve and Erkki-Sven Tüür have written and dedicated their works for Vox Clamantis.

Concert tours have taken Vox Clamantis throughout Europe, Israel, Canada, USA, Colombia including appearances at festivals such as La Folle Journee in Nantes, Warsaw, Tokyo, Fribourg, Vale of Glamorgan, Usedom, Kissinger Sommer, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Kunstfest Corvey, Nafplion, Sydney, Hong Kong among others. In 2019 Vox Clamantis will give its debut at RheinVokal Festival.

The ensemble has also performed with a number of artists including Arianna Savall, Dhafer Youssef, Marco Ambrosini, Yair Dalal, Jean Claude Pennetier, the Cello Octet Amsterdam, early music consort Hortus Musicus, NYDD Ensemble, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Latvian Radio Choir.

Their discography includes The Deer’s Cry and Filia Sion for ECM Records, Sacrum Convivium with music by Duruflé, Machaut, Poulenc, Messiaen and Gregorian chant as well as Liszt’s Via crucis for Mirare which was awarded the Diapason d’Or. The CD “Adam’s Lament” by Arvo Pärt with Tõnu Kaljuste, Latvian Radio Choir among others has won the Grammy Award in 2014. The film featuring Vox Clamantis music, The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza), received an Oscar in 2014.

In 2011, Vox Clamantis and Jaan-Eik Tulve were awarded the annual prize of the Cultural Foundation of Estonia.

Season 2018/19

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Jaan-Eik Tulve conductor

Jaan-Eik Tulve was born in Tallinn. After obtaining his diploma in choral conducting at the Tallinn Conservatory, he studied Gregorian chant at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris from 1991, where he was awarded first prize in 1993. He then worked as assistant to Louis-Marie Vigne, who had a determining influence on his musical development. He continued his studies with Daniel Saulnier.

In 1996 Tulve took up a post teaching Gregorian chant at the National Music Academy in Estonia. He has also given many courses in Gregorian chant around the globe.

For his merits to vocal music Jaan-Eik Tulve has been awarded the Order of the White Star of the Republic of Estonia, the Order of Léopold of the Kingdom of Belgium and the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic.

Season 2018/19

News

Vox Clamantis at Kissinger Sommer

The Estonian Vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis under the direction of Jaan-Eik Tulve gives its debut at Kissinger Sommer on 11 July with Gregorian Chants and works by Arvo Pärt, Cyrillus Kreek, Helena Tulve, Tonis Kaumann among others.

Vox Clamantis at Festival Schwäbisch Gmünd

The Estonian Vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis was heard at Festival Europäische Kirchenmusik in Schwäbisch Gmünd on 18 July with Gregorian chants and music by Arvo Pärt.

SWR 2 broadcasts the concert on 4 August, 19:05.

https://www.swr.de/swr2/programm/sendungen/geistliche-musik/-/id=658942/sdpgid=1591810/5got1f/index.html

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Vox Clamantis at Kunstfest Corvey

The Estonian vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis appears at Musikfest Corvey in Höxter on 1 September with Gregorian Chants and music by Arvo Pärt and Pérotin.

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Press

  • CD: Sacrum Convivium

    Vox Clamantis produces a sound of the utmost purity. We are used to the high standards of choirs from the Baltic countries, but this ensemble is exceptional. Voices of great beauty are employed with discreet yet expressive vibrato. Tuning is faultless.

    www.musikweb-international.com, William Hedley, 9/2018

  • Vox Clamantis at Kunstfest Corvey

    The eight ladies and gentlemen of the ensemble enchanted by a flawless intonation of a very precise technique: glowing sound columns, flexible dynamics, shaded espressivo. As a listener you could hardly escape from the suction of a magical mystical mood. The antiphones and sequences were characterized by the highest clarity of form and structural density.

    Westfalen-Blatt, Dagmar Korth, 04.09.2018

  • Mystical depth and magical sound beauty

    The voices of the 14 choristers rose like one into the venue. In front of the chancel, an hour of choir music of the utmost beauty began (...). Gregorian chants alternate almost seamlessly with works from later times to the present and intertwined into a unity. (...) Arvo Pärt's "Three Shepherd Children from Fatima", which was premiered by Vox Clamantis in 2014, fits in almost seamlessly with the Gregorian "Mandatum Novum". Overtone singing on the one hand and the subbass' low pitched tone enriched the sound spectrum, giving the composition a mystical feel.

    Main-Post, 13.07.2018

    Vox Clamantis is a great ensemble: six women and six men who can sing absolutely tonally and instrumentally without any tremolo and can not be disturbed by harmonic crossings. But they can also hum and whistle like a small medieval organ. (...) The most lasting reminder is probably the prayer "The Deer's Cry" by Arvo Pärt. Vox Clamantis also made it very clear that the Gregorian tradition will continue for a while.

    Saale Zeitung, Thomas Ahnert, 13.07.2018

     

     

  • Arvo Pärt Album: The Deer's Cry

    The level of artistry necessary to achieve the kind of living, breathing performance given here by the Estonian choir Vox Clamantis is a rarity. The 15 singers sound is complete, comfortable possession of the music and its incantatory intentions.

    Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine

    With a smaller number of singers and closer microphone placement, their tone comes across as more immediate and reedier (...).The Deer's Cry is an important and highly rewarding release.

    Malcolm Riley, Gramophone

    Vox Clamantis boast an exceptional purity and sweetness of tone that perfectly showcases the spare beauty and emotional immediacy of Pärt’s music, as well as its devotional intensity. Vox Clamantis’ account of the title track, ‘Alleluia-Tropus’, and the breathtaking ‘Da Pacem Domine’ are now, in my opinion, the versions against which all future accounts will be measured. No classical collection should be without this utterly gorgeous recording.

    Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist, October 2016

    The Estonian Choral Group Vox Clamantis comes through with a stunning, second release of music on ECM, a wonderful compilation of Arvo Pärt's works, The Deer's Cry. The choir is heavenly and recorded beautifully (...).Vox Clamantis gives us extraordinary readings that are among the most definitive out there.

    Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

  • CD "The Deer's Cry" (Der Schrei des Hirsch)

    Jaan-Eik Tulve lässt den Miniaturen die Zeit, die sie zur Entfaltung brauchen, sein Ensemble Vox Clamantis verfügt über die intonatorische Reinheit, aus der die spirituelle Reinheit der Musik erst erwächst, und über die Präzision und Disziplin, die die Mutter der Kontemplation ist. Stück für Stück, Mosaikstein für Mosaikstein fügt sich so das stimmige Porträt eines Komponisten zusammen, bei dem die Kunst der Beschränkung der Schlüssel ist zur Unendlichkeit.

    Thorsten Preuß, BR Klassik, 27.09.2016

  • Album: Filia Sion

    Vox Clamantis probably breaks some of the ‘rules' about Medieval music, to the extent anyone has any idea how it actually would have sounded. By combining male and female voices, by pitting soloists against choir, and even by using contemporary and non-standard vocal techniques ( I swear I hear ‘overtone singing' behind Hildegard's ‘O ignis spiritus'), Vox Clamantis's imagination and musicality make for an absorbing and inspiring musical encounter.

    John Montanari, New England Public Radio

  • CD: Franz Liszt: Via Crucis

    The thirteen singers from Estonia bring their light to the strange Lisztian strolling, Jean Claude Pennetier's piano his grave majesty. The austere and fragile work becomes a mystical experience.
    Is the salvation of Via Crucis from Liszt coming from Baltic lands? The lisztian stroll, from plainsong to the borders of modernity through Bach and Palestrina, finds a unity that many readings ignore (…). The intimate and singular experience of Via Crucis gains in strength as much as in mystery.

    Diapason, Benoît Fauchet, Juni 2013

Discography

Sacrum Convivium

Gregorian chants, Duruflé, de Machaut, Poulenc, Messiaen
Jaan-Eik Tulve
Vox Clamantis
Mirare (2018)

The Deer's Cry

Arvo Pärt: The Deer's Cry
Jaan-Eik Tulve
Vox Clamantis
ECM (2016)

Liszt: Via Crucis

Franz Liszt: Via Crucis
Jaan-Eik Tulve
Jean Claude Pennetier (piano)
Vox Clamantis
Mirare (2013)

Filia Sion

Gregorian Chants
Jaan-Eik Tulve
Vox Clamantis
ECM (2012)