The prestigious British recording company „Hyperion Records” started year of 2013 with a special issue of the CD. Record „A Ship with unfurled sails”, with State Choir Latvija and conductor Māris Sirmais participation, by thirteen choral music opuses of British composer Gabriel Jackson is published. In one of the compositions guitar solo is performed by distinguished Latvian guitarist Kaspars Zemītis.
Gabriel Jackson is one of the most prominent British composers, directly a lot writes for the choir. Since childhood he has been closely entailed with the British choral tradition, sung in the cathedral boys’ choir, in recent years particularly infatuated with exploring of the Baltic, especially Latvian, choral singing traditions. Of his choral music compositions various times received the „British Composer Award”, numerous of world’s professional choirs performe his opuses.
Collaboration of choir Latvija, Māris Sirmais and Gabriel Jackson began on 2007, when the choir Latvija premiered several compositions of Jackson. During these years, cooperation has grown into closer friendship, and published album is as a result of it. Composer about record says: "Over the last decade or so one of my greatest pleasures has been exploring the music and culture of Latvia, getting to know many of its composers (and their work) and collaborating with some wonderful Latvian musicians. I was thrilled and honoured when Māris Sirmais proposed a whole recording devoted to my music - this was something I'd dreamed of but never thought would happen! Working with the State Choir was a joy throughout and it was fascinating to hear my work brought to life with that very special intensity, beauty and wholehearted commitment that are so characteristic of the Latvian singing tradition. I am absolutely delighted with everything on the disc but especially exciting is the final track, a performance full of virtuosity and exuberance, tenderness and poetry, and which features the wonderfully idiomatic and deeply musical playing of Kaspars Zemītis. Two great singing cultures from opposite ends of Europe come together on this CD - that must be something to celebrate!"
Album is recorded in Riga, St. John’s Church.