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Track Listing:

Gounod - Messe solennelle de Ste. Cecile: Sanctus
Messe solennelle de Ste. Cecile: Repentir
Ugis Praulins - Dievaines
Pietro Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Regina coeli laetare
Cavalleria rusticana: Ave Maria (arranged by Karel Mark Chichon)
William Gomez - Ave Maria
Mozart - Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K.339: Laudate Dominum omnes gentes
Bizet - Agnus Dei
Puccini - Salve Regina
Adolphe Adam - Cantique de Noel
Peteris Vasks - Silent Songs Dusi dusi
Silent Songs: Paldies tev vela saule
Gregorio Allegri Miserere Mei, Deus
Giulio Caccini - Vladimir Vavilov: Ave Maria

Elina Garanca :


In one of her most personal albums to date, Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča presents a beautiful selection of spiritual music dedicated to the eternal search and longing for inner peace with Meditation, available now on Deutsche Grammophon. . Elīnais joined on this recording by her husband, the well-known Gibraltan conductor Karel Mark Chichon.  This is their second collaboration on disc for Deutsche Grammophon following the success of Habanera.

Meditation celebrates the origins of Garanča's singing career, as her parents were involved with choral music and she grew up singing in choirs. Latvian choirs are extremely famous worldwide, so it was natural for Elīnato include a Latvian choir with her for this recording. Accompanied by the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and the Latvian Radio Choir, Garanča and Chichon explore the music of Gregorio Allegri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Charles Gounod, Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini and Pietro Mascagni as well as contemporary composers such as William Gomez, PēterisVasksand Uģis Prauliņš. This album also features a couple of real discoveries like Prauliņš' Dievaines along with popular repertoire like Cantique de Noel d'Adam.

"Ultimately, this recording for me also represents a personal stock-taking," Elīnanotes, "I'm approaching 40, and at that age a certain chapter in your life comes to a close. The music I sing here seems to me to form a logical ending to this chapter: a peaceful and contented inward glance."