Pärt: Lamentate

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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.
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.

A major recording of a topdrawer composition.... Wonderfully played by the Stuttgart orchestra with Alexei Lubimov as the spellbinding pianist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2005
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • UPC: 028947630487
  • Catalog Number: 000505602
  • Sales rank: 13,248

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Da Pacem Domine, for chorus & orchestra (5:40)
  2. 2 Minacciando - Alexei Lubimov (2:38)
  3. 3 Spietato - Alexei Lubimov (3:33)
  4. 4 Fragile - Alexei Lubimov (1:04)
  5. 5 Pregando - Alexei Lubimov (5:59)
  6. 6 Solitudine - stato d'animo - Alexei Lubimov (5:25)
  7. 7 Consolante - Alexei Lubimov (1:21)
  8. 8 Stridendo - Alexei Lubimov (1:31)
  9. 9 Lamentabile - Alexei Lubimov (5:46)
  10. 10 Risolutamente - Alexei Lubimov (2:45)
  11. 11 Fragile e conciliante - Alexei Lubimov (6:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Hilliard Ensemble Primary Artist, Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble
Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart Ensemble
SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Andrey Boreyko Conductor
Alexei Lubimov Piano
Technical Credits
Arvo Pärt Liner Notes
Manfred Eicher Producer
Peter Laenger Engineer
Richard Evidon Liner Note Translation
Jürgen Buss Engineer
Jean-Noël van der Weid Liner Note Translation
Dietmar Wolf Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Arvo Pärt's Finest Work to Date!

    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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