Pärt: Miserere

Pärt: Miserere

by Dennis Russell Davies
     
 

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This recording shows a different side of Arvo P�rt's compositional work. The title composition has unusual instrumentation: winds and brass, choir and soloists, electric guitar, and bass guitar. The lyrics come slowly, one word per bar at a near pppp volume level. The text comes from Psalm 51, David's "Have Mercy on Me" psalm, before bursting like an apocalyptic fire… See more details below

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This recording shows a different side of Arvo P�rt's compositional work. The title composition has unusual instrumentation: winds and brass, choir and soloists, electric guitar, and bass guitar. The lyrics come slowly, one word per bar at a near pppp volume level. The text comes from Psalm 51, David's "Have Mercy on Me" psalm, before bursting like an apocalyptic fire into the classic "Dies Irae," a tremendous assault of holy terror best listened to in the dark by the fireplace. "Festina Lente" is a shorter work for strings and harp -- short, brisk, and entertaining, developed from a single melody. "When Sarah Was Ninety Years Old" is among the last of his "minimal" works prior to his development of his tintinnabuli style. A longer work complete with voices, organ, and percussion, it is nonetheless a programmatic work despite the lack of an actual sung text. This collection offers some of the diversity of P�rt's work on a single record. ~ Mark W. B. Allender

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2000
Label:
Ecm Records
UPC:
0042284753920
catalogNumber:
847539
Rank:
40233

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Performance Credits

Dennis Russell Davies   Primary Artist
Arvo Pärt   Track Performer
Pierre Favre   Percussion
Hilliard Ensemble   Track Performer
Paul Parker   Percussion
Paul Archibald   Trumpet
Phil Ball   Tenor (Vocal)
John Potter   Tenor (Vocal)
Jeremy Birchhall   Bass (Vocal)
Roy Jowitt   Clarinet
Mark Padmore   Tenor (Vocal)
Rogers Covey-Crump   Tenor (Vocal)
Michael George   Bass (Vocal)
Melinda Maxwell   Oboe
Kristine Szulik   Alto (Vocal)
Sarah Leonard   Soprano (Vocal)
Forbes Henderson   Electric Guitar
David Ashman   Bass (Vocal)
Shauna Beesley   Soprano (Vocal)
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent   Organ
Catherine Duckett   Bassoon
Anthony Pike   Bass Clarinet
Allan Parkes   Bass (Vocal)
James Woodrow   Bass Guitar
Caroline Stormer   Alto (Vocal)
Ariane Prüssner   Alto (Vocal)
Jo Thompson   Alto (Vocal)
David James   Counter Tenor (Vocal)
Ralph McDonald   Bass (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Manfred Eicher   Producer
Peter Laenger   Engineer
Andreas Neubronner   Engineer

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