The Very Best Of Arvo Pärt

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
For newcomers to the work of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, this generous two-disc collection of performances from EMI's archive would be a good place to start exploring. The authoritative Pärt performances would probably be the premiere releases on ECM, produced by Manfred Eicher, but these performances are all of a very high quality and there is a handful of works that ECM has never recorded. Pärt's most famous works are here; there are three versions each of the ever-popular "Fratres" for violin and piano, string orchestra and harp, and string quartet and "Summa" for mixed voices, string orchestra, and string quartet, as well as the version of "Spiegel in Spiegel for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
For newcomers to the work of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, this generous two-disc collection of performances from EMI's archive would be a good place to start exploring. The authoritative Pärt performances would probably be the premiere releases on ECM, produced by Manfred Eicher, but these performances are all of a very high quality and there is a handful of works that ECM has never recorded. Pärt's most famous works are here; there are three versions each of the ever-popular "Fratres" for violin and piano, string orchestra and harp, and string quartet and "Summa" for mixed voices, string orchestra, and string quartet, as well as the version of "Spiegel in Spiegel for violin and piano," "Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten for string orchestra and bell," and the concerto for two violins and prepared piano, "Tabula rasa." There is a good mix of choral, chamber, and orchestral music. English violinist Tasmin Little is featured prominently, in "Fratres," "Spiegel in Spiegel," and "Tabula rasa," and the Chilingirian Quartet plays "Summa" and "Fratres." The orchestral works are divided between the Bournemouth Sinfonietta led by Richard Studt and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra led by Paavo Järvi. The choral groups include the Vasari Singers led by Jeremy Backhouse, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, led by Stephen Cleobury, and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir led by Tönu Kaljuste. The performances are uniformly excellent; there's not a clunker among them. The sound, too, is top-notch, and perhaps surprisingly, given the variety of recording venues, it is remarkably consistent from track to track.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099962944328
  • Catalog Number: 29443
  • Sales rank: 33,044

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fratres, for violin & piano - Arvo Pärt & Chilingirian Quartet (11:51)
  2. 2 Summa, for SATB chorus or soloists - Arvo Pärt & Chilingirian Quartet (4:34)
  3. 3 Tabula rasa, concerto for 2 violins (or violin & viola), prepared piano & string orchestra - Arvo Pärt & Robert Aldwinckle (27:15)
  4. 4 Missa sillabica, for chorus & organ - Arvo Pärt & Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (16:05)
  5. 5 Solfeggio, for chorus - Arvo Pärt & Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (4:03)
  6. 6 Beatus Petronius, for double chorus & 2 organs - Arvo Pärt & Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (5:09)
  7. 7 Cantate Domino, for SATB chorus or soloists & organ - Arvo Pärt & Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (2:43)
  8. 8 De Profundis, for male chorus, percussion & organ - Arvo Pärt & Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (5:34)
  9. 9 Summa, for SATB chorus or soloists - Arvo Pärt & Jeremy Backhouse (4:59)
  10. 10 Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell - Arvo Pärt & Paavo Järvi (6:48)
  11. 11 Fratres, for violin & piano - Arvo Pärt & Paavo Järvi (9:30)
  12. 12 Summa, for SATB chorus or soloists - Arvo Pärt & Paavo Järvi (5:00)
  13. 13 The Beatitudes, for chorus & organ - Arvo Pärt & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (5:56)
  14. 14 Magnificat, for chorus - Arvo Pärt & Choir of King's College, Cambridge (6:22)
  15. 15 Spiegel im Spiegel, for violin & piano - Arvo Pärt & Tasmin Little (8:16)
  16. 16 Festina lente, for strings & harp ad lib - Arvo Pärt & Bournemouth Sinfonietta (6:07)
  17. 17 Fratres, for violin & piano - Arvo Pärt & Tasmin Little (11:21)
  18. 18 Magnificat Antiphons (7), for chorus - Arvo Pärt & Jeremy Backhouse (12:50)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Arvo Part

    This cd is a seminal collection of Arvo Part's music. Highly recommend this cd to anyone interested in learning more about this contemporary composer.

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    A Great Selection

    I just recently discovered the music of Arvo Part. This is a wonderful selection of some of his best known pieces. They tend to be short and captivating. Modern but still very accessible. I had to go out and buy more after hearing these.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful collection

    Before exploring these CDs, I was hardly familiar with Arvo Part. Now I am a huge fan. This collection is great because it gives a little taste of everything... choral music, orchestra music, small ensembles, etc. The style is so unique. A great "best of" collection - i recommend it highly, even if you have no previous knowledge of Part or minimalism. Listen to the samples and see what I mean. Also a great gift for the classical or contemporary lover

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