Arvo Pärt: Symphony No. 4by Esa-Pekka Salonen
With his Symphony No. 4, Arvo Pärt returns to symphonic structure and scope in a new work for string orchestra, harp, tympani, and percussion. The piece was commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen in January 2009 almost 40 years after the composer's 3rd Symphony, and is the first symphonic work Pärt has written since developing his "tintinnabulation" style.
A composition in three movements, it opens with characteristically shimmering suspended chords, and an extraordinary journey begins. "The Symphony is large," wrote Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times, "and exceedingly beautiful."
The 4th Symphony was recorded live at L.A.'s Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the 37-minute work is augmented on disc by a new montage of "fragments" of Kanon Pokajanen, a piece that Pärt feels is closely related to the symphony. "To my mind, the two works belong together and form a stylistic unity," says Pärt. From the Label
- Release Date:
- Ecm Records
- Kanon Pokajanen, (9 odes, Kontakion-Ikos & Prayer) for chorus: Fragments
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Paert's Fourth is one of these works that will be remembered, even in a hundred years time from now. It stands at par with luminaeries such as Mahler's Ninth (4th movement!), Schoenberg's Verklaerte Nacht or Shostakovitsh's Tenth - it's string driven, celli and bass propelled (2nd movement), and absolutely rhythm- and structureless - but yet so gripping and so intense and moving, that only the title - 'Los Angeles' - dedicated to Michail Khodorvsky and his hopefully vigilant 'Guardian Angels' (liner notes!) - can do it justice... and of course Esi-Pekki as the outgoing music director of his suberbly intense LA Phil in this gripping live performce at the new Walt Disney Hall... Wonderful - and beautifully complemented the peaceful canon - maybe the best release of contemporary classical music ever.