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Posted October 1, 2010
Arvo Pärt continues to grow as a composer and this 'requiem' entitled LAMENTATE is a brilliantly successful composition. Written in response to his sense of encountering the concept of his own mortality upon viewing a sculptural work by avant-garde artist Anish Kapoor, Pärt composed this work for piano and orchestra. Divided into ten parts the work embraces the spectrum of living from crashing complexities of massive instrumental forces to quiet meditations and ethereal, spiritual lines of exquisite beauty. There are no voices for this ‘requiem’ and the work is not a true piano concerto in the strictest sense: the piano serves to embroider the orchestral tonal clouds and moves much the way Pärt has used the voice in his other compositions. The accomplished piano soloist here is Alexei Lubimov and the performance by the SWR Radio-sinfonieorchester Stuttgart is ably conducted by the gifted Andrey Boreyko who will be guest conducting the LA Philharmonic with the Shostakovich Symphony No. 15 soon. The recording opens with the a cappella 'Da Pacem Domine' as performed by the Hilliard Ensemble, a 2004 work which retains the composer's preoccupation with the art of Gregorian chant. While there are fortunately many recordings of Arvo Pärt’s works available, this is probably one of the finest and certainly an excellent starting point for those new to this gifted composer's work. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp
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