With no Words to follow or any great change in pace from one song to the next trying to keep one's concentration firmly fixed for a full 75 minutes can prove a tough ask. That said, there are some truly beautiful textures to be relished, immaculately sung by this estimable choir.
BBC Music Magazine, 01/2023
Ivanovs was a pioneer of the so-called 'harsh style in Latvian music (it perhaps came first through poetry and art) which allowed for experimental use of poly- and atonality, clanking piano parts in the orchestra and even jazz-like percussion. And yet at the same time the composer was also writing some of the small a cappella pieces that would eventually effect a transition to late romantic manner. Autumn Song. sung here with refreshing simplicity, set the standart for a whole range of unaccompanied pieces, which seemed to bypass the more ideological orchestral work and reflect folk wisdom and everyday concerns. For those of us who find the middle symphonies the most exciting of this works this might secm like middleweight Ivanovs; they're attractively done, but too obviously transitional for greatness.