Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe; Magnificat; Summa

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 747313229925
  • Catalog Number: 8557299
  • Sales rank: 81,390

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cantate Domino, for SATB chorus or soloists & organ - Arvo Pärt & Noel Edison (3:27)
  2. 2–8 Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus & string orchestra - Arvo Pärt & Noel Edison (22:56)
  3. 3 De Profundis, for male chorus, percussion & organ - Arvo Pärt & Noel Edison (5:53)
  4. 4 Summa, for SATB chorus or soloists - Arvo Pärt & Noel Edison (4:39)
  5. 5 The Beatitudes, for chorus & organ - Arvo Pärt & Noel Edison (7:52)
  6. 6 Magnificat, for chorus - Arvo Pärt & Noel Edison (7:16)
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Noel Edison Primary Artist
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