The Very Best of Arvo Pärt

The Very Best of Arvo Pärt

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The Very Best of Arvo Pärt

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2010
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 5099962944328
catalogNumber: 29443


  1. Fratres, for violin & piano
  2. Summa, for SATB chorus or soloists
  3. Tabula rasa, concerto for 2 violins (or violin & viola), prepared piano & string orchestra
  4. Missa sillabica, for chorus & organ
  5. Solfeggio, for chorus
  6. Beatus Petronius, for double chorus & 2 organs
  7. Cantate Domino, for SATB chorus or soloists & organ
  8. De Profundis, for male chorus, percussion & organ
  9. Summa, for SATB chorus or soloists
  10. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
  11. Fratres, for violin & piano
  12. Summa, for SATB chorus or soloists
  13. The Beatitudes, for chorus & organ
  14. Magnificat, for chorus
  15. Spiegel im Spiegel, for violin & piano
  16. Festina lente, for strings & harp ad lib
  17. Fratres, for violin & piano
  18. Magnificat Antiphons (7), for chorus

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The Very Best Of Arvo Pärt 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ee17EL More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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