SEMPITERNAM: Choral music by Rhona Clarke

SEMPITERNAM: Choral music by Rhona Clarke

SEMPITERNAM: Choral music by Rhona Clarke

State Choir LATVIJA

Conductor Māris Sirmais

Composer: Rhona Clarke

Choral music has always been a constant thread throughout the compositional development of Rhona Clarke (b. 1958). The works on this album range over a thirty year period and demonstrate the increasing individuality of her work, though rooted in the choral tradition of Ireland and Britain. Her chamber and instrumental works, in contrast, can reach out in far more extreme modernist styles. From the darkness of Ave Atque Vale to the sheer breathtaking beauty of Pie Jesu or Lullay, my Liking, Clarke shows herself here to be among the most effective, inspired and communicative choral composers of today. The album contains sacred works; from her Requiem which concentrates on the message of redemption and omits the judgemental sections, to Marian Anthems and three Christmas Carols; and also secular songs of love, loss and black comedy.

This is a program of the most wonderful choral music of today, which will have wide appeal.

Release date: February 2022


  1. O Vis Aeternitatis
  2. Two Marian Anthems – I. Regina Caeli
  3. Two Marian Anthems – II. Salve Regina
  4. Ave Atque Vale
  5. Three Carols on Medieval Texts – I. Glad and Blithe
  6. Three Carols on Medieval Texts – II. Lullay, my Liking
  7. Three Carols on Medieval Texts – III. Make we Merry
  8. Requiem – I. Introit
  9. Requiem – II. Lux Aeterna
  10. Requiem – III. Pie Jesu
  11. Requiem – IV. In Paradisum
  12. The Kiss
  13. A Song for St Cecilia’s Day
  14. Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep
  15. The Old Woman
  16. Rorate Caeli