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Arvo Pärt: Live


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Arvo Pärt, who was born in Estonia in 1935, has succeeded in bringing sacred music back to a broader audience, and away from the confines of the church service, more than almost any other contemporary composer. The meditative character of his works, and his return to the simplest and most basic musical forms, convey moments of intense spirituality. Even before his emigration from the Soviet Union to Austria and then to Germany, Pärt had already invented what he termed the tintinnabuli style of composition. He produced an early and important example of this style in 1977 with the ''Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten'', scored for string orchestra and bell, and it is also a key feature of the three great choral works that form the greater part of this new release, ''Arvo Pärt: Live'', namely the ''Seven Magnificat Antiphons'' for mixed choir a capella, the large-scale oratorio ''Cecilia, vergine romana'' for mixed choir and orchestra, and the vocal work “Litany – Prayers of St John Chrysostom for Each Hour of the Day and Night” for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra. Also included on this album is the ''Collage on B-A-C-H'' for strings, oboe, harpsichord and piano. Composed in 1964, before Pärt's aesthetic reorientation, it is one of his most famous works. Despite its radical reduction of means of expression, Pärt's music demands the greatest care in execution from those performing it – and this has been masterfully realized in the present recording by the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, whose combined and homogenous sound is a direct result of their regular cooperation.
Facts
Item number BRK900319
Barcode 4035719003192
Release date 5/19/2017
Category Classical Music
Label BR KLASSIK
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Choir Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Ensemble Hilliard Ensemble
Orchestra Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Disc: 1
Collage über B-A-C-H00:06:48
1 Collage sur B-A-C-H: I. Toccata. Preciso (Live) 00:02:42 King, Robert Münchner Rundfunkorchester
2 Collage sur B-A-C-H: II. Sarabande. Lento (Live) 00:03:11 Münchner Rundfunkorchester King, Robert Hanft, Max Kwak, Yeon-Hee
3 Collage sur B-A-C-H: III. Ricercare. Deciso (Live) 00:01:23 King, Robert Münchner Rundfunkorchester
7 Magnificat Antiphons00:13:00
4 7 Magnificat Antiphons: No. 1, O Weisheit (Live) 00:01:26 Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks Dijkstra, Peter
5 7 Magnificat Antiphons: No. 2, O Adonai (Live) 00:02:08 Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks Dijkstra, Peter
6 7 Magnificat Antiphons: No. 3, O Spross aus Isais 00:00:56 Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks Dijkstra, Peter
7 7 Magnificat Antiphons: No. 4, O Schlüssel Davids 00:01:53 Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks Dijkstra, Peter
8 7 Magnificat Antiphons: No. 5, O Morgenstern (Live 00:01:35 Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks Dijkstra, Peter
9 7 Magnificat Antiphons: No. 6, O König aller Völke 00:01:20 Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks Dijkstra, Peter
10 7 Magnificat Antiphons: No. 7, O Immanuel (Live) 00:02:30 Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks Dijkstra, Peter
Cecilia, vergine romana00:19:00
11 Cecilia, vergine romana (Live) 00:20:13 Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten00:06:53
12 Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten (Live) 00:07:42 Schirmer, Ulf Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Litany, "Prayers of St. John Chrysostom for Each H00:30:00
13 Litany (Prayers of St. John Chrysostom for Each Ho 00:23:09 Covey-Crump, Rogers Hilliard Ensemble Viotti, Marcello Münchner Rundfunkorchester Potter, John James, David Jones, Gordon Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
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