Arvo Pärt: In Principioby 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 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
- Release Date:
- Ecm Records
- In principio, for mixed chorus & orchestra
- La Sindone, for orchestra
- Cecilia, vergine romana, for chorus & orchestra
- Da Pacem Domine, for SATB chorus or soloists
- Mein Weg, for 14 strings & percussion
- Für Lennart in memoriam, for string orchestra
Performance CreditsTõnu Kaljuste Primary Artist
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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.
Entire CD is engaging and inspirational!