Arvo Pärt: Symphony No. 4

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Nearly 40 years separate Pärt's "Third" and "Fourth" symphonies, but they are surprisingly similar in tone. The "Third," written in 1972 at the end of Pärt's modernist phase, was one of his first works to presage the dramatic shift in his aesthetic sensibility away from modernism and toward music of extreme directness and simplicity. The music of the symphony was tonal or modal and showed more debt to Perotin than to Schoenberg. The "Fourth Symphony" is scored for strings, harp, and percussion, written in 2008 for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Canberra International Music Festival, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Created after half a lifetime devoted to the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Nearly 40 years separate Pärt's "Third" and "Fourth" symphonies, but they are surprisingly similar in tone. The "Third," written in 1972 at the end of Pärt's modernist phase, was one of his first works to presage the dramatic shift in his aesthetic sensibility away from modernism and toward music of extreme directness and simplicity. The music of the symphony was tonal or modal and showed more debt to Perotin than to Schoenberg. The "Fourth Symphony" is scored for strings, harp, and percussion, written in 2008 for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Canberra International Music Festival, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Created after half a lifetime devoted to the austerity of holy minimalism, or as Pärt prefers, the tintinnabuli style, the "Fourth Symphony" actually sounds somewhat more like modern music than the "Third." The mood is similarly serene and unhurried, but his harmonic language is richer, sometimes saturated, and most of the 35-minute work consists of very slowly unfurling clouds of sonorities. Its prevailing evolving haze is periodically punctuated by distinctly rhythmic canonic gestures, but a mood of melancholy, sometimes gentle and sometimes anguished, characterizes all the movements. The Los Angeles Philharmonic plays with the requisite luminosity and ethereality. The recording, made at the world-premiere performances in 2009, has an annoying amount of background noise, due certainly to the fact that so much of the music is so quiet. The CD is filled out with ecstatic excerpts from "Kanon Pokajanen," sung with hushed fervor by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir led by Tonu Kaljuste, with immaculate sound, taken from the 1998 ECM world-premiere recording.
New York Times - Vivien Schweitzer
Much of the vast symphony is a mournful, introspective lament, in keeping with the mystical pieces that Mr. Pärt has produced during recent decades.... An eloquent performance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2010
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • UPC: 028947639572
  • Catalog Number: 001466302
  • Sales rank: 70,464

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kanon Pokajanen, (9 odes, Kontakion-Ikos & Prayer) for chorus: Fragments - Arvo Pärt & Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (14:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arvo Pärt Primary Artist
Esa-Pekka Salonen Primary Artist
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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    Profound and Stunning - The 21st Cemtury's 1st True Masterpiece

    Paert's Fourth is one of these works that will be remembered, even in a hundred years time from now. It stands at par with luminaeries such as Mahler's Ninth (4th movement!), Schoenberg's Verklaerte Nacht or Shostakovitsh's Tenth - it's string driven, celli and bass propelled (2nd movement), and absolutely rhythm- and structureless - but yet so gripping and so intense and moving, that only the title - 'Los Angeles' - dedicated to Michail Khodorvsky and his hopefully vigilant 'Guardian Angels' (liner notes!) - can do it justice... and of course Esi-Pekki as the outgoing music director of his suberbly intense LA Phil in this gripping live performce at the new Walt Disney Hall...

    Wonderful - and beautifully complemented the peaceful canon - maybe the best release of contemporary classical music ever.

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