Arvo Pärt: A Portrait

Arvo Pärt: A Portrait

     
 

This double-disc survey of Arvo Pärt's distinctive oeuvre covers his most popular choral pieces, but also presents enough of his early work to provide a reasonably accurate portrait of a composer who has passed through several eventful decades and made several adjustments in his style. A few of Pärt's more experimental pieces are presented here, as well as examples of… See more details below

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This double-disc survey of Arvo Pärt's distinctive oeuvre covers his most popular choral pieces, but also presents enough of his early work to provide a reasonably accurate portrait of a composer who has passed through several eventful decades and made several adjustments in his style. A few of Pärt's more experimental pieces are presented here, as well as examples of his later, more familiar sacred works employing the tintinnabular method. Yet even when it is most dissonant or atonal (e.g., in the second movement of the "Symphony No. 1"), Pärt's music always seems to point toward a modal hierarchy of tones based on major or minor triads. The "ringing of changes" on these chords is most evident in the later choral works, represented by excerpts from the "Berliner Messe," "Passio," and whole presentations of the "Magnificat," "The Beatitudes," and the "Triodion." Also, "Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten," "Fratres," and "Tabula Rasa" are representative of Pärt's skillful writing for strings in this layered, shimmering style. An informative, illustrated booklet comes with this comprehensive package, and Naxos has taken exceptional care in balancing the sound of all the selections, including the licensed tracks, taken from albums previously issued by BIS, Nimbus, and Claudio Records.

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Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
This absorbing, two-CD anthology combines quality performances.... Certainly, there is no more contextual way of getting to know the composer than this generous collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943818220
catalogNumber:
8558182-83
Rank:
336625

Tracks

  1. Für Alina, for piano  - Arvo Pärt  - Alexei Lubimov  - Hannah Davies
  2. Symphony No. 1 ("Polyphonic"), Op. 9: Second Movement  - Arvo Pärt  -  Bamberger Symphoniker  - Neeme Jarvi  - Hannah Davies
  3. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell  - Arvo Pärt  - Tamás Benedek  - Antal Eisrich  - Hannah Davies  -  Strings of the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
  4. Passio, for tenor, bass, vocal quartet, chorus, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello & organ: Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem  - Arvo Pärt  -  Tonus Peregrinus  - Antony Pitts  - Hannah Davies
  5. Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus & string orchestra: Kyrie  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  -  Elora Festival Orchestra  - Hannah Davies
  6. Fratres, for cello & piano  - Arvo Pärt  - Sandor Falvay  - Tibor Parkanyi  - Hannah Davies
  7. Magnificat, for chorus  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  -  Elora Festival Orchestra  - Hannah Davies
  8. Summa, for string orchestra  - Arvo Pärt  - Tamás Benedek  - Hannah Davies  -  Strings of the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
  9. Passio, for tenor, bass, vocal quartet, chorus, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello & organ: Unde es tu? Jesus autem responsum non dedit ei  - Arvo Pärt  -  Tonus Peregrinus  - Antony Pitts  - Hannah Davies
  10. Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus & string orchestra: Credo  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  -  Elora Festival Orchestra  - Hannah Davies
  11. The Beatitudes, for chorus & organ  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  -  Elora Festival Orchestra  - Hannah Davies  - Jurgen Petrenko
  12. Annum per annum, for organ  - Arvo Pärt  - Kevin Bowyer  - Hannah Davies
  13. Fratres, for strings & percussion  - Arvo Pärt  - Tamás Benedek  - Antal Eisrich  - Miklos Kovacs  - Hannah Davies  -  Strings of the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
  14. Collage over B-A-C-H, for strings, oboe, harpsichord & piano  - Arvo Pärt  -  Ulster Orchestra  - Takuo Yuasa  - Hannah Davies
  15. Pro et contra, concerto for cello & orchestra  - Arvo Pärt  -  Bamberger Symphoniker  - Frans Helmerson  - Neeme Jarvi  - Hannah Davies
  16. Symphony No. 3: Third Movement  - Arvo Pärt  -  Ulster Orchestra  - Takuo Yuasa  - Hannah Davies
  17. Cantate Domino, for SATB chorus or soloists & organ  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  -  Elora Festival Orchestra  - Hannah Davies  - Jurgen Petrenko
  18. Spiegel im Spiegel for violin & piano  - Arvo Pärt  - Simon Mulligan  - Daniel Hope  - Hannah Davies
  19. Triodion, for chorus  - Arvo Pärt  - Peter R. Davis  - Hannah Davies  - Neil Cox  -  Choir of Lancing College
  20. Tabula rasa, concerto for 2 violins (or violin & viola), prepared piano & string orchestra: Ludus  - Arvo Pärt  - Lesley Hatfield  - Rebecca Hirsch  -  Ulster Orchestra  - Takuo Yuasa  - Hannah Davies
  21. Passio, for tenor, bass, vocal quartet, chorus, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello & organ: Et ex illa hora accepit eam discipulus in sua  - Arvo Pärt  -  Tonus Peregrinus  - Antony Pitts  - Hannah Davies

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