Pärt: Lamentate

Pärt: Lamentate

by The Hilliard Ensemble
     
 

Released just a few weeks before Arvo Pärt's 70th birthday, Lamentate introduces a contrasting but deeply compelling pair of the Estonian composer's recent works. Da pacem domine (2004), a brief prayer for peace, is scored for a cappella voices and begins the disc on a luminous note. The Hilliard Ensemble,See more details below

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Released just a few weeks before Arvo Pärt's 70th birthday, Lamentate introduces a contrasting but deeply compelling pair of the Estonian composer's recent works. Da pacem domine (2004), a brief prayer for peace, is scored for a cappella voices and begins the disc on a luminous note. The Hilliard Ensemble, early and persistent champions of Pärt's music, are still among his finest interpreters, applying their pure and perfectly blended harmonies to the solemn repose of this work, which acts as a prelude to a much larger composition. Although it's written for solo piano and orchestra, Lamentate (2002) is no standard concerto, by the composer's own admission. Having put the human voice at the center of his music for so long, Pärt has seldom produced a purely instrumental score on this scale, nearly 40 minutes in length. Inspired by his experience of Anish Kapoor's sculpture Marsyas in London's Tate Modern, Lamentate could indeed be heard as a series of images -- the massive sculpture seen from a variety of views, sometimes seeming to hover motionless in space, sometimes unfreezing the forms' implicit energy and allowing them to surge outward. But no reference to Kapoor's work is needed to appreciate the grave beauty of Lamentate, which unfolds at a pace similar to many of Pärt's other works, slowly revealing its secrets to the receptive listener. Alexei Lubimov is a fine piano soloist here, alternately in dialogue and concord with the orchestra, and as ever, ECM provides the stunning acoustic space that Pärt's music requires. Whether intended as a birthday tribute to the composer or not, this disc suggests that Pärt's ability to convey spiritual wisdom through music is becoming ever more finely tuned with age.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Barry Witherden
The main piece on this latest release has passages of visceral power unheard in Pärt's work for almost three decades.
Glasgow Sunday Herald - Michael Tumelty
A major recording of a topdrawer composition.... Wonderfully played by the Stuttgart orchestra with Alexei Lubimov as the spellbinding pianist.
Fanfare - Robert Carl
Pärt sounds like a master, a composer whose voice is unmistakable, and who seems able now to dip into whatever part of his practice seems germane to make any point that he deems necessary.... The performances are outstanding.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
Label:
Ecm Records
UPC:
0028947630487
catalogNumber:
000505602
Rank:
44593

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