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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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:
134662

Tracks

  1. Für Alina, for piano
  2. Symphony No. 1 ("Polyphonic"), Op. 9: Second Movement
  3. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
  4. Passio, for tenor, bass, vocal quartet, chorus, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello & organ: Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem
  5. Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus & string orchestra: Kyrie
  6. Fratres, for cello & piano
  7. Magnificat, for chorus
  8. Summa, for string orchestra
  9. Passio, for tenor, bass, vocal quartet, chorus, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello & organ: Unde es tu? Jesus autem responsum non dedit ei
  10. Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus & string orchestra: Credo
  11. The Beatitudes, for chorus & organ
  12. Annum per annum, for organ
  13. Fratres, for strings & percussion
  14. Collage over B-A-C-H, for strings, oboe, harpsichord & piano
  15. Pro et contra, concerto for cello & orchestra
  16. Symphony No. 3: Third Movement
  17. Cantate Domino, for SATB chorus or soloists & organ
  18. Spiegel im Spiegel for violin & piano
  19. Triodion, for chorus
  20. Tabula rasa, concerto for 2 violins (or violin & viola), prepared piano & string orchestra: Ludus
  21. Passio, for tenor, bass, vocal quartet, chorus, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello & organ: Et ex illa hora accepit eam discipulus in sua

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