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Release Date: 05/19/2017 
Label:  Br Klassik   Catalog #: 900319  
Composer:  Arvo Pärt
Performer:  John PotterDavid JamesRogers Covey-CrumpGordon Jones
Conductor:  Robert KingPeter DijkstraUlf SchirmerMarcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio OrchestraBavarian Radio ChorusHilliard Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935, Estonia) 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 (from the Latin word for a bell). 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 Read more choral works that form the greater part of this new BR-KLASSIK CD "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 CD 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.

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REVIEW:

Despite the 11-year span of these live recordings and four different churches used as locations, the album’s aural impression is uniform, the sound very good, and the singing crisp and up to the high standards of this phenomenal professional chorus.

– ClassicsToday Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Collage sur B-A-C-H for Strings, Oboe, Harpsichord and Piano by Arvo Pärt
Conductor:  Robert King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USSR 
2.
Magnificat Antiphons (7) by Arvo Pärt
Conductor:  Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988/1991 
3.
Cecilia, vergine romana by Arvo Pärt
Conductor:  Ulf Schirmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Written: 2000; Berlin, Germany 
4.
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten by Arvo Pärt
Conductor:  Ulf Schirmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Estonia 
5.
Litany by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  John Potter (Tenor), David James (Countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
Gordon Jones (Baritone)
Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hilliard Ensemble,  Munich Radio Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1994; Estonia 

Customer Reviews

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 Powerful choral & orchestral music by Arvo Part May 25, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Arvo Pärt's music always has about it a sense of bearing witness, and as such its power is best felt in the immediacy of a live performance, or the next best thing, a live recording. When the recording is as powerfully and beautifully played and sung and recorded as is this Arvo Pärt Live disc, we really cannot ask for more. The works chosen represent a cross-section of some of the greatest works by the Estonian composer, from his early Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten for string orchestra & bell, to the choral a cappella work Seven Magnificat Antiphons, to the complex work for chorus and orchestra Cecilia, vergine romana. The album begins with another early work, the Collage on BACH for strings, oboe, harpsichord and piano, which though it's in a completely different style than the rest of the works, stands as a sign-post to Pärt's future development. And it ends with the mysterious Litany – Prayers of St John Chrysostom for Each Hour of the Day and Night, which is beautifully sun by the Hilliard Ensemble. The 70 minutes of music takes one through passages of alternating terror, awe, sorrow and joy, which are liable to result in a profound aesthetic and/or religious experience." Report Abuse
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