Arvo Pärt: Stabat Mater; Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; Zwei Sonatinen for piano, Op. 1; Spiegel im Spiegel

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
A mix of vocal and choral works and instrumental pieces, this 2004 Black Box release is an intriguing foray into Arvo Pärt's music, and the intimate performances and clear sound make this album a satisfying introduction to the composer's work. Of these selections, Pärt's "Stabat Mater" 1985 is the most important, a 24-minute polyphonic setting of the medieval text for soprano, countertenor, tenor, violin, viola, and cello; the singers and strings of Chamber Domaine present it with fluid grace and intense emotion. The "Magnificat" 1989 and "Nunc Dimittis" 2001 for a cappella choir are sung with serene reverence by the beautiful Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
A mix of vocal and choral works and instrumental pieces, this 2004 Black Box release is an intriguing foray into Arvo Pärt's music, and the intimate performances and clear sound make this album a satisfying introduction to the composer's work. Of these selections, Pärt's "Stabat Mater" 1985 is the most important, a 24-minute polyphonic setting of the medieval text for soprano, countertenor, tenor, violin, viola, and cello; the singers and strings of Chamber Domaine present it with fluid grace and intense emotion. The "Magnificat" 1989 and "Nunc Dimittis" 2001 for a cappella choir are sung with serene reverence by the beautiful Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh. The settings of Clemens von Brentano's "Es sang vor langen Jahren" 1984, for alto voice, violin and viola, and of Robert Burns' poem "My Heart's in the Highlands" 2000, for countertenor and organ, are attractive examples of Pärt's plaintive song style. Appearing on disc for the first time and vigorously performed by pianist Stephen de Pledge, the "Sonatinas 2, Op. 1" 1958-1959, reflect Pärt's early interest in the music of Prokofiev and Shostakovich. "Spiegel im Spiegel" 1978 for violin and piano is subtly played by violinist Thomas Kemp and de Pledge, and brings the collection to a blissful, tintinnabular close.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • Label: Black Box Classics
  • UPC: 680125107121
  • Catalog Number: 1071

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Es sang vor langen Jahren, for counter-tenor or alto with violin & viola - Arvo Pärt & Clemens von Brentano (6:37)
  2. 2 Stabat Mater, for soprano, alto, tenor, violin, viola & cello - Arvo Pärt & Matthew Owens (23:54)
  3. 3 Magnificat, for chorus - Arvo Pärt & Matthew Owens (6:34)
  4. 4 Nunc dimittis, for chorus - Arvo Pärt & Matthew Owens (6:39)
  5. 5 My Heart's in the Highland, for countertenor (or alto) & organ - Arvo Pärt & Matthew Owens (7:36)
  6. 6–7 Sonatina No.1, for piano - Arvo Pärt & Stephen de Pledge (7:20)
  7. 8–10 Sonatina No.2, for piano - Arvo Pärt & Stephen de Pledge (5:18)
  8. 9 Spiegel im Spiegel for violin & piano - Arvo Pärt & Stephen de Pledge (9:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Wallace Primary Artist
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