Arvo Pärt: Passio

Arvo Pärt: Passio

by Paul Hillier


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Arvo Pärt: Passio

Pärt's long-form "The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. John" dramatizes the apostle John's account of the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus. The form he adopts sounds as though it were centuries old, with its choral orchestration. But his choice of instruments, his choice of chords, his phrasing, and the basic construction of the piece itself are all based on 20th century ideas, most notably his own innovation, the "tintinnabuli" method. The overall sound is significantly bigger than the small ensemble performing it; this is an innovative work, despite the classic subject matter. The text is taken verbatim from the Vulgate. ~ Mark W.B. Allender

Product Details

Release Date: 02/15/1994
Label: Ecm Records
UPC: 0781182137028
catalogNumber: 21370

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Hillier   Primary Artist,Conductor
Hilliard Ensemble   Track Performer
Western Wind   Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth Wilson   Cello
Gordon Jones   Baritone (Vocal)
John Potter   Tenor (Vocal)
Rogers Covey-Crump   Tenor (Vocal)
Michael George   Bass (Vocal)
Melinda Maxwell   Oboe
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent   Organ
Catherine Duckett   Bassoon
Elizabeth Layton   Violin
Lynne Dawson   Soprano (Vocal)
David James   Counter Tenor (Vocal)
David James   Counter Tenor (Vocal)
Elisabeth Wilson   Cello

Technical Credits

Manfred Eicher   Producer
Rogers Covey-Crump   Contributor
Peter Laenger   Engineer
Barbara Wojirsch   Cover Design
David James   Contributor
Stephan Schellmann   Engineer

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