Silence of Being: The Music of Arvo Pärt

Silence of Being: The Music of Arvo Pärt

     
 

Five of the discs on this six-CD set are previously released Naxos recordings of a broad variety of works by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The set offers a generous sampling of works spanning the composer's career, from his polystylistic "Collage über BACH" (1964) for orchestra to his 2001 "Nunc dimittis for a cappella chorus." The bulk of the collection is devoted to… See more details below

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Five of the discs on this six-CD set are previously released Naxos recordings of a broad variety of works by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The set offers a generous sampling of works spanning the composer's career, from his polystylistic "Collage über BACH" (1964) for orchestra to his 2001 "Nunc dimittis for a cappella chorus." The bulk of the collection is devoted to works with his characteristic holy minimalist sound, using his tintinnabuli technique, in which there is a mathematically exact connection between the various lines. The set includes several of his major large-scale works, such as the "St. John Passion," "Berliner Messe," and "Tabula Rasa," as well as many of his most popular smaller works, like "Fratres" (in six different arrangements), "Cantus in memorium Benjamin Britten," "Festina lente," "De Profundis," and vocal and instrumental versions of "Summa." The avowed Pärt devotee will probably already own performances of most of these pieces, but at the bargain price at which Naxos is offering the set, it offers listeners who aren't widely familiar with Pärt's music a fine introduction to his work. The quality of the performances varies; none are less than very good, but few measure up to the luminous original recordings on ECM, performed by groups such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Hilliard Ensemble, Gidon Kremer, the Theatre of Voices, and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. The performances by the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra on the disc devoted to the six versions of "Fratres," "Festina lente," "Summa," and "Cantus" are somewhat diffident, but "Tonus Peregrinus," led by Antony Pitts, sings the "St. John Passion" with purity, intensity, and drama. The disc of more recent unaccompanied choral music dating from 1990 to 2001 includes lesser known but highly attractive works, beautifully performed by Elora Festival Singers conducted by Noel Edison. Naxos astutely includes a bonus disc, Sonic Rebellion, a sampler of newer classical music likely to appeal to the kind of listener drawn to mavericks like Pärt. The eclectic collection is wonderfully diverse, including composers as different as Glass, Nancarrow, Henze, Riley, Wuorinen, Ligeti, Scelsi, and Adams, and should whet the appetite of fans of new music to look into the Naxos catalog.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313601530
Rank:
156632

Tracks

  1. Fratres, for strings & percussion  - Arvo Pärt  - Tamás Benedek  - Antal Eisrich  - Miklos Kovacs  -  Strings of the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
  2. Fratres, for strings & percussion  - Arvo Pärt  - Tamás Benedek  - Bela Nagy  - Antal Eisrich  - Miklos Kovacs  -  Strings of the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
  3. Festina lente, for strings & harp ad lib  - Arvo Pärt  - Tamás Benedek  - Marta Haraszti  -  Strings of the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
  4. Fratres, for string quartet  - Arvo Pärt  - Tamás Benedek  - Judit Kis Domonkos  - Bela Nagy  - Rezsk Hajna  - Katalin Schneider
  5. Fratres, for cello & piano  - Arvo Pärt  - Tamás Benedek  - Sandor Falvay  - Tibor Parkanyi
  6. Summa, for string orchestra  - Arvo Pärt  - Tamás Benedek  - Tibor Parkanyi  -  Strings of the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
  7. Fratres, for 4, 8 or 12 cellos  - Arvo Pärt  - Tamás Benedek  - Peter Arato  - Judit Faludi  - Agnes Fodor  - Eszter Kendi  - Bela Melis  - Katalin Aldobolyi Nagy  - Tibor Wambach
  8. Fratres, for wind octet & percussion  - Arvo Pärt  - Tamás Benedek  - Geza Banhegyi  - Laszlo Kiss  - Laszlo Kiss  - Karoly Ambrus  - Antal Eisrich  - Jozsef Eros  - Jozsef Eros  - Istvan Hartenstein  - Bela Horvath  - László Hunyadi  - Miklos Kovacs  - Antal Szuromi
  9. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell  - Arvo Pärt  - Tamás Benedek  - Antal Eisrich  -  Strings of the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
  10. Tabula rasa, concerto for 2 violins (or violin & viola), prepared piano & string orchestra  - Arvo Pärt  - Lesley Hatfield  - Rebecca Hirsch  -  Ulster Orchestra  - Takuo Yuasa
  11. Collage over B-A-C-H, for strings, oboe, harpsichord & piano  - Arvo Pärt  -  Ulster Orchestra  - Takuo Yuasa
  12. Symphony No. 3  - Arvo Pärt  -  Ulster Orchestra  - Takuo Yuasa
  13. Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem  - Arvo Pärt  - Robert MacDonald  -  Tonus Peregrinus  - Antony Pitts  - Mark Anderson
  14. Cantate Domino, for SATB chorus or soloists & organ  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  - Jurgen Petrenko
  15. Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus & string orchestra  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  -  Elora Festival Orchestra
  16. De Profundis, for male chorus, percussion & organ  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  -  Elora Festival Orchestra  - Jurgen Petrenko
  17. Summa, for SATB chorus or soloists  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers
  18. The Beatitudes, for chorus & organ  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  - Jurgen Petrenko
  19. Magnificat, for chorus  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers
  20. Triodion, for chorus  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  - Gedeon Peteri
  21. Tribute to Caesar, for chorus  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  - Gedeon Peteri
  22. Nunc dimittis, for chorus  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  - Gedeon Peteri
  23. Kanon Pokajanen, (9 odes, Kontakion-Ikos & Prayer) for chorus: Ode 7 (Memento)  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  - Gedeon Peteri
  24. I Am the True Vine, for chorus  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  - Gedeon Peteri
  25. The Woman with the Alabaster Box, for chorus  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  - Gedeon Peteri
  26. Dopo la vittoria, little cantata for chorus  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  - Gedeon Peteri
  27. Bogoróditse dyévo (Hail Mary), for chorus  - Arvo Pärt  - Noel Edison  -  Elora Festival Singers  - Gedeon Peteri
  28. Symphony No. 4 ("Heroes"), for orchestra: Neuköln  - Philip Glass  - Marin Alsop  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  29. Threnody (for the Victims of Hiroshima), for 52 strings  - Krzysztof Penderecki  -  Polish National Symphony Orchestra  - Antoni Wit
  30. Toccata for violin & player piano  - Conlon Nancarrow  -  Continuum  - Joel Sachs  - Cheryl Seltzer
  31. Sonatas and Interludes, for prepared piano: First Interlude  - John Cage  - Boris Berman
  32. Fünf Nachtstücke, for violin & piano: 1. Elegie  - Hans Werner Henze  - Peter Sheppard Skærved  - Aaron Shorr
  33. Quattro Pezzi su una nota sola (Four Pieces on Only One Note), for 25 musicians: 1.  - Giacinto Scelsi  - Hans Zender  -  Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra
  34. In C, for unspecified performers: [Excerpt]  - Terry Riley  - Paul Hillier  -  Ars Nova Copenhagen  -  Percurama Percussion Ensemble
  35. String Quartet No 2  - Charles Wuorinen  -  Group for Contemporary Music
  36. Déserts for brass, percussion, piano & tape: Beginning  - Edgard Varèse  - Christopher Lyndon-Gee  -  Polish National Symphony Orchestra  - Maryse Castets
  37. Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death, for baritone, electric guitar & double bass, amplified piano & harpsichord, & 2 percissionists: Death Drone 2  - George Crumb  - Nicholas Isherwood  -  Art Nouveau Ensemble  - Fuat Kent
  38. Bagatelles (6) for wind quintet: Allegro grazioso  - György Ligeti  -  Albert Schweitzer Quintet
  39. Silenzio, pieces (5) for bayan, violin & cello: II  - Sofia Gubaídulína  - Maria Kliegel  - Elsbeth Moser  - Kathrin Rabus
  40. Beta, electronic work  - Jørgen Plaetner  - Jørgen Plaetner
  41. Shaker Loops, for 7 strings or string orchestra: A Final Shaking  - John Adams  - Marin Alsop  - Nathan Gunn  -  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  42. Piano Concerto No.1  - Einojuhani Rautavaara  -  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  - Hannu Lintu  - Laura Mikkola
  43. Fratres, for strings & percussion  - Arvo Pärt  - Tamás Benedek  -  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra

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