Arvo Pärt: Cantique

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
This disc features three works for large forces by Arvo P?rt, including two world-premiere recordings, his "Stabat Mater for choir and string orchestra" and "Cantique des degr?s for choir and orchestra." Of the works written before he developed the style often referred to as holy minimalism, but that he describes as his tintinnabuli style, his "Symphony No. 3" 1971 is one of the few to have achieved wide popularity. It is a transitional work, but it is by far closer to the simplicity of his later works than to the serialism and aleatory practice of his earlier ones. The three-movement symphony is entirely tonal, with the "white note" sound of P?rt's later style, music ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
This disc features three works for large forces by Arvo Pärt, including two world-premiere recordings, his "Stabat Mater for choir and string orchestra" and "Cantique des degrés for choir and orchestra." Of the works written before he developed the style often referred to as holy minimalism, but that he describes as his tintinnabuli style, his "Symphony No. 3" 1971 is one of the few to have achieved wide popularity. It is a transitional work, but it is by far closer to the simplicity of his later works than to the serialism and aleatory practice of his earlier ones. The three-movement symphony is entirely tonal, with the "white note" sound of Pärt's later style, music that is often stripped to monophonic or leanly polyphonic textures. It's a piece whose directness and sweetness of tone should make it appealing to fans of Pärt's more characteristic pieces. The largest work here, the "Stabat Mater," is a 2002 revision of a 1985 setting of the text for soloists and string trio. Filled out here with large choral and orchestral forces, it has even more gravity and resonance. "Cantique des degrés" was written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Prince Rainer's accession to the throne of Monaco. It's a lovely piece, melodically and harmonically ingratiating with enough unexpected orchestral quirks to keep it from sounding conventional. Kristjan Järvi, who has known Pärt since his childhood and who is the son of conductor Neeme Järvi to whom the "Third Symphony" is dedicated, leads Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and RIAS Kammerchor in rapt, luminous performances. Sony's sound is warm and generally good in the symphony, but in the "Stabat Mater," it tends to be murky, so that the texts are sometimes all but unintelligible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2010
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886977539121
  • Catalog Number: 775391
  • Sales rank: 39,895

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stabat Mater, for soprano, alto, tenor, violin, viola & cello - Arvo Pärt & RIAS-Kammerchor Berlin (28:10)
  2. 2–4 Symphony No. 3 - Arvo Pärt & Kristjan Järvi (24:09)
  3. 3 Cantique des degrés, for chorus & orchestra - Arvo Pärt & RIAS-Kammerchor Berlin (7:50)
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Kristjan Järvi Primary Artist
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