|Vytautas Miškinis||Light My Light.|
|Paul Mealor||I Saw Eternity.|
|Ugis Praulinš||To The Light.|
|Ola Gjeilo||Sacred Light.|
|Tobias Forster||Light & Love.|
|Alwin Michael Schronen||Light & Love .|
|Eric Whitacre||Five Hebrew Love Songs.|
|Aleksandar S. Vujic||Dû Bist Mîn.|
|Gregor Hübner||Fragmente Aus Dem Hohelied Des Salomons.|
Crossover projects are the hallmark of the Sonux Ensemble. Together with the jazz-saxophonist Stefan Kuchel and the Sirius Quartet, the young men’s choir performs contemporary works. The Quartet members describe themselves as artists of improvisation who break out of the conventional vocabulary of sound for a string quartet. Most pieces on this CD were written especially for the Sonux Ensemble, and thus composed to the singers’ strengths. «We have worked on these pieces together with the composers, and given them their first performances over the course of the last five years. This disc features only world premiere recordings and, literally, unheard of choral music,» the choir’s director Hans-Joachim Lustig notes.
The works recorded on this CD focus on the topics of light and love. The eponymous poem by Charles Anthony Silvestri that lends its title to the disc frames and connects the two topics. Silvestri wrote the text in 2012, exclusively for this project. Hans-Joachim Lustig came to know the poet through Eric Whitacre, whose Five Hebrew Love Songs are performed here in a presently unique version. The choir director was fortunate also in his cooperation with Paul Mealor: the Welsh composer became famous across the globe through his motet Ubi caritas et amor, which he wrote for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011, and who has also composed the lullaby for newly-born Prince George.