Arvo Pärt: Piano Music

Arvo Pärt: Piano Music

by Ralph van Raat
     
 

Dutch pianist Ralph van Raat's collection of Arvo Pärt's piano music spans nearly 50 years of his career, from student pieces written in 1958 to a work from 2006. This would not be the right album for listeners looking primarily for Pärt's legendary austere simplicity, but it would be ideal for anyone already familiar with the composer looking for exposure to the…  See more details below

Overview

Dutch pianist Ralph van Raat's collection of Arvo Pärt's piano music spans nearly 50 years of his career, from student pieces written in 1958 to a work from 2006. This would not be the right album for listeners looking primarily for Pärt's legendary austere simplicity, but it would be ideal for anyone already familiar with the composer looking for exposure to the broad stylistic and expressive range of which he is capable. The two "Sonatinas, Op. 1," are often reminiscent of Prokofiev's vivacity and lyricism, and are witty, engaging pieces. The 1959 "Partita, Op. 2," while employing serial procedures, is still largely tonal and nowhere near as daunting as the cutting-edge avant-garde of the period. "Für Alina," from 1976, was one of Pärt's breakthrough pieces, in which he wholeheartedly embraced the principles of simplicity, quiet, and the significance of the silences between notes; this work marks the beginnings of the revolutionary sound for which Pärt is best known. "Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka," in six very brief movements, written the following year, inhabits the same contemplative, uncluttered, unhurried soundworld. Much of it, in fact, consists of a single melodic line. The most recent piece on the album, the entirely tonal, gently arppegiated "Für Anna Maria," from 2006 has a sweetness that sounds almost new age. "Lamentate: Homage to Anish Kapoor" and his sculpture "Marsyas," (2002), at 35 minutes, is essentially a piano concerto and stands in stark contrast to the other works both in scope and tone. The sculpture is phenomenally large, ten stories high and nearly 500 feet long, and Pärt's work is appropriately monumental. It's not particularly grand in traditional terms, but its long silences and dramatic timbres still convey a sense of vastness. Van Raat, a champion of new music, plays with sensitivity and appropriate simplicity in the later works and has no trouble making the virtuosic sonatinas sparkle. JoAnn Falletta expertly leads Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic in the spare accompaniment in "Lamentate." Naxos' sound is clean, present, and realistic.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313252572
catalogNumber:
8572525
Rank:
304762

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Lamentate, for piano & orchestra (Hommage to Anish Kapoor and his sculpture 'Marsyas')  - Arvo Pärt  - JoAnn Falletta  - Ralph van Raat  -  Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic
  2. Für Alina, for piano  - Arvo Pärt  - Ralph van Raat
  3. Variations for the Healing of Arinushka, for piano  - Arvo Pärt  - Ralph van Raat

Read More

Album Credits

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >