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Alfred Schnittke & Arvo Pärt: Choral Works


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Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt lived through times of remarkable change in the last decades of the Soviet Union. From the 1970s, state restrictions on religion were gradually relaxed and this was reflected in the arts and especially in music. Schnittke’s adoption of Christianity was triggered by the death of his mother in 1972, and culminated in his later conversion to Catholicism. Pärt was from a nominally Lutheran background in Estonia, but embraced the Orthodox faith in the 1970s, following intensive study of liturgical music. Both composers began to incorporate religious themes into their work, moving away from the modernist abstraction that had characterized their early careers. Schnittke’s large-scale Psalms of Repentance were composed in 1988 for the celebrations for the millennium of Christianity in Russia. The texts come from an anonymous collection of poems for Lent, written in the 16th century, and in his settings Schnittke engages with the traditions of chant-based Orthodox liturgical music. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Kaspars Putninš have chosen to combine Schnittke’s Psalms with two shorter works by Arvo Pärt, whose music they are well-known exponents of. Like the Psalms, Pärt’s pieces are composed in a quasi-liturgical style, and with its serene atmosphere, his Nunc dimittis forms a natural counterpart to the Magnificat even though the two were written more than a decade apart.
Facts
Item number BIS-2292
Barcode 7318599922928
Release date 1/5/2018
Category Choral
Label BIS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Choir Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Conductor Putninš, Kaspars
Disc: 1
Stikhi Pokayanniye (Penitential Psalms)00:45:33
1 Psalms of Repentance: No. 1, Adam Sat Weeping at t 00:02:40 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars
2 Psalms of Repentance: No. 2, O Wilderness, Gather 00:04:09 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars Mikson, Raul
3 Psalms of Repentance: No. 3, That Is Why I Live in 00:02:46 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars
4 Psalms of Repentance: No. 4, My Soul, Why Are You 00:02:20 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars
5 Psalms of Repentance: No. 5, O Man, Doomed and Wre 00:02:59 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars
6 Psalms of Repentance: No. 6, When They Beheld the 00:01:46 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars Kriis, Karolina Pärna, Marianne Hännikäinen, Ave Melaha, Maria
7 Psalms of Repentance: No. 7, Oh My Soul, Why Are Y 00:05:13 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars
8 Psalms of Repentance: No. 8, If You Wish to Overco 00:01:54 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars
9 Psalms of Repentance: No. 9, I Have Reflected on M 00:06:28 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars Mikson, Raul
10 Psalms of Repentance: No. 10, Christian People, Ga 00:03:38 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars
11 Psalms of Repentance: No. 11, I Entered This Life 00:03:31 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars Mikson, Raul Tohert, Toomas
12 Psalms of Repentance: No. 12, (Wordless Humming) 00:07:12 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars
Magnificat00:07:20
13 Magnificat 00:07:14 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars Urb, Kaia
Nunc dimittis00:07:00
14 Nunc Dimittis 00:06:33 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Putninš, Kaspars Urb, Kaia
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