Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe; Magnificat; Summa

Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe; Magnificat; Summa

by Noel Edison
     
 

A satisfying survey of Arvo Pärt's mature style, this 2004 release from Naxos presents several key works from 1977 to 1992, which helped establish the composer's reputation as a modern master of sacred choral music. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of Pärt's tonal works is his "tintinnabular" technique, where triadic harmonies are reiterated in tolling, bell-like… See more details below

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A satisfying survey of Arvo Pärt's mature style, this 2004 release from Naxos presents several key works from 1977 to 1992, which helped establish the composer's reputation as a modern master of sacred choral music. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of Pärt's tonal works is his "tintinnabular" technique, where triadic harmonies are reiterated in tolling, bell-like changes and heightened by dissonant passing notes. This chiming style is anticipated in the joyous, layered chanting of Cantate Domino Canticum Novum, the waves of modal harmony in "Summa," and the fairly static cycling around a minor chord in De profundis. But it comes to fruition and is employed with great subtlety in the Beatitudes and the Magnificat, both deeply expressive and haunting in their peaceful simplicity. The featured work, "Berliner Messe," is more ambitious in its length, elaborate textures, and complex counterpoint; the accompaniment of a string orchestra gives depth to the choir's plangent harmonies and a glorious aural halo in brighter passages. The Elora Festival Singers, directed by Noel Edison, sing with clarity and a pure tone, but their smoothly blended voices also convey warmth and expressive richness. Naxos provides clear and resonant recording, commensurate with the fine qualities of the choir and orchestra.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313229925
catalogNumber:
8557299
Rank:
224263

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Tracks

  1. Cantate Domino, for SATB chorus or soloists & organ  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  - Jurgen Petrenko
  2. Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus & string orchestra  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  -  Elora Festival Orchestra
  3. De Profundis, for male chorus, percussion & organ  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  -  Elora Festival Orchestra  - Jurgen Petrenko
  4. Summa, for SATB chorus or soloists  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers
  5. The Beatitudes, for chorus & organ  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  - Jurgen Petrenko
  6. Magnificat, for chorus  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers

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