Arvo Pärt: In Principio

Arvo Pärt: In Principio

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by Tõnu Kaljuste
     
 
Twenty-five years ago ECM launched its New Series with Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa. Now its twelfth Pärt album, again produced by Manfred Eicher, presents six compositions of various lengths spanning a period of almost ten years. Four of the pieces appear here for the first time on disc. The meticulous performances were recorded by Estonian ensembles under the

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Twenty-five years ago ECM launched its New Series with Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa. Now its twelfth Pärt album, again produced by Manfred Eicher, presents six compositions of various lengths spanning a period of almost ten years. Four of the pieces appear here for the first time on disc. The meticulous performances were recorded by Estonian ensembles under the baton of Tonu Kaljuste, a conductor well-versed in Pärt’s music for many years, and accompanied by the composer every step of the way.

The range is wide: Pärt creates masterly syntheses of the expressive resources he has pursued ever since his personal style emerged in the mid-1970s. The intimate and the monumental co-exist; streams of chords flow towards dramatic eruptions. The inflection of his pieces is always based on their underlying emotive significance.

In Principio is a five-movement setting of the opening verses of the Gospel of John: "In the beginning was the Word." The elegiac orchestral piece "La Sindone" conjures up the image of Christ on the Shroud of Turin. "Cecilia, vergine romana," written to celebrate the sacred year 2000 in Rome, is devoted to the martyrdom of the patron saint of music. A serene plea for peace, memories of a deceased friend, and contemplation of the ‘peaks and troughs’ of life: These are the emotional way-stations of the three relatively short pieces here, encapsulating the magic of Pärt’s music. From the Label

Editorial Reviews

Stereophile - Robert Baird
Throughout In Principio, the singing of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir has an extraordinary unity and expressiveness, while the playing under the baton of conductor Tinu Kaljuste of both orchestras is forceful and precise.... Arvo Pärt's cosmos of sound and passion is an expanse of deep commitment and easy accessibility that, as the examples on In Principio continue to prove, is utterly unique in this terrestrial kingdom.
National Public Radio - Tom Manoff
I don't use the word masterpiece casually. But I've spent several weeks studying the musical scores of these works, examining the extraordinary details of the composer's craft. Because of that intimate involvement, I'm confident that several of these works are true masterpieces and will be heard for a long time to come.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/03/2009
Label:
Ecm Records
UPC:
0028947669906
catalogNumber:
001259902
Rank:
74415

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Tracks

  1. In principio, for mixed chorus & orchestra
  2. La Sindone, for orchestra
  3. Cecilia, vergine romana, for chorus & orchestra
  4. Da Pacem Domine, for SATB chorus or soloists
  5. Mein Weg, for 14 strings & percussion
  6. Für Lennart in memoriam, for string orchestra

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Arvo Pärt: In Principio 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BerkeleyBob More than 1 year ago
Those listeners who are familiar with Arvo Part's (sorry, can't do an umlaut on the a) don't need any urging to buy ECM's newest release. It is very well-recorded, liturgical music which is uplifting for non-believers and I thought a little more accessible and enjoyable than the last few releases. Perhaps not up to Tabula Rasa, but highly recommended.
AlteDeutscher More than 1 year ago
Entire CD is engaging and inspirational!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago