Arvo Pärt: A Portrait

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943818220
  • Catalog Number: 8558182-83
  • Sales rank: 71,167

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Für Alina, for piano - Arvo Pärt & Alexei Lubimov (2:10)
  2. 2 Symphony No. 1 ("Polyphonic"), Op. 9: Second Movement - Arvo Pärt & Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (6:28)
  3. 3 Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell - Arvo Pärt & Tamás Benedek (7:46)
  4. 4 Passio, for tenor, bass, vocal quartet, chorus, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello & organ: Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem - Arvo Pärt & Tonus Peregrinus (3:56)
  5. 5 Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus & string orchestra: Kyrie - Arvo Pärt & Noel Edison (2:49)
  6. 6 Fratres, for cello & piano - Arvo Pärt & Sandor Falvay (11:55)
  7. 7 Magnificat, for chorus - Arvo Pärt & Noel Edison (7:10)
  8. 8 Summa, for string orchestra - Arvo Pärt & Tamás Benedek (3:49)
  9. 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 (12:29)
  10. 10 Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus & string orchestra: Credo - Arvo Pärt & Noel Edison (4:19)
  11. 11 The Beatitudes, for chorus & organ - Arvo Pärt & Noel Edison (7:55)
  12. 12–18 Annum per annum, for organ - Arvo Pärt & Kevin Bowyer (7:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Fratres, for strings & percussion - Arvo Pärt & Tamás Benedek (9:00)
  2. 2–4 Collage over B-A-C-H, for strings, oboe, harpsichord & piano - Arvo Pärt & Ulster Orchestra (7:39)
  3. 5–7 Pro et contra, concerto for cello & orchestra - Arvo Pärt & Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (8:51)
  4. 6 Symphony No. 3: Third Movement - Arvo Pärt & Ulster Orchestra (7:46)
  5. 7 Cantate Domino, for SATB chorus or soloists & organ - Arvo Pärt & Noel Edison (3:29)
  6. 8 Spiegel im Spiegel for violin & piano - Arvo Pärt & Simon Mulligan (9:01)
  7. 11–13 Triodion, for chorus - Arvo Pärt & Peter R. Davis (15:44)
  8. 12 Tabula rasa, concerto for 2 violins (or violin & viola), prepared piano & string orchestra: Ludus - Arvo Pärt & Lesley Hatfield (9:53)
  9. 13 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 (4:26)
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