Eriks Ešenvalds' Passion and Resurrection was written in 2005 and premiered by Maris Sirmais and the State Choir Latvija. It recounts the Passion using a series of viewpoints that Ešenvalds connects musically to create an integrated whole. Even if you feel that modern choral music isn't for you I'd encourage you to give this piece a try you may be very pleasantly surprised. It's written in four parts that succeed each other without interruption and each of which is prefaced by lines from scripture and interwoven with quotations from by the sixteenth-century Spanish composer Cristóbal de Morales' setting of Parce Mihi. The piece requires an expert choir and makes heavy demands on the soprano soloist but when the choir is the English choir 'Polyphony' under their conductor Stephen Layton and the soprano soloist is Carolyn Sampson the demands of the piece are handled masterfully and convincingly. I wonder why it is that so many singers who specialise in Medieval, Renaissance, or Baroque music have such an affinity for modern music. Whatever the reason we benefit from Carolyn Sampson's sympathetic and supremely confident singing here. Passion and Resurrection made a strong impression on me when I first heard it and I enjoy it more and more with each listening, I hope you will too.