The Villiers Quartet has released their recording of Sanctus by Riho Esko Maimets, Winner of the inaugural VQ New Works Competition in 2012. The recording is available as a digital download at CD Baby and iTunes. CDs can also be ordered here.
Programme note for Sanctus, by Riho Esko Maimets:
"Sanctus for string quartet draws on musical material from a variety of religious traditions (Eastern Orthodox chant, Ashkenazy Jewish cantoral singing, Yiddish song, Renaissance motet, and even Klezmer). I also interpret the last movement as an ethereal Persian-sounding chant, which to me represents Sufism, which is a spiritual movement that has become very close to my heart. I felt inspired to write Sanctus when I heard a description of a holy man on a radio show that deeply moved me, perhaps because of its reference to an ancient way of thinking which espouses eternal values which seem to have become neglected in the modern age. This quartet is an exploration of mysticism and spirituality in its different forms. I decided to draw on a variety of musical and religious traditions to evoke the universality and eternality of spirituality."