Pärt: Miserere

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This recording shows a different side of Arvo Pärt'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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
This recording shows a different side of Arvo Pärt'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 Pärt's work on a single record. ~ Mark W. B. Allender
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2000
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • UPC: 042284753920
  • Catalog Number: 847539
  • Sales rank: 53,934

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Miserere (34:34)
  2. 2 Festina Lente (5:24)
  3. 3 Sarah Was Ninety Years Old (25:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dennis Russell Davies Primary Artist
Arvo Pärt Track Performer
Pierre Favre Percussion
The 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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