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Part: Tabula Rasa

Shaham / Jarvi / Goteborgs Symfoniker
Release Date: 12/11/2012 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001767102   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Gil ShahamErik RisbergAdele AnthonyRoger Carlsson
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is best known for the mystical minimalist style he developed in the late 1970s. While pivotal works from this period are included here, this disc's special value is the glimpse it gives of where Pärt was coming from before he simplified his style. His Symphony no. 3 from 1971 contains many premonitions of the austere, quasi-religious music to come: unaccompanied Gregorian chant-like melodies, for example, and the punctuation of bells. But the Symphony also has a wider range of expression, color and dramatic contrasts, sharing a seriousness of purpose with Pärt's later works, but in a manner more akin to Shostakovich.

In 'Fratres' and 'Tabula rasa,' both written in 1977, the new style
Read more crystallizes, with hypnotic repetitions, static harmonies and ritualistic bell tones. Here young violinist Gil Shaham takes the solo parts, which he plays with radiant simplicity--they certainly offer much less in the way of virtuoso display than the concertos he usually shines in. 'Tabula rasa'--a true 'blank slate'--is a particularly time-stopping example of Pärt's art, from the always dissolving momentum of the first movement to the glacial finale marked "without motion," which seems never to end but just to pass out of the lower regions of hearing.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tabula Rasa by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Erik Risberg (Prepared Piano), Adele Anthony (Violin)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Gothenburg Concert Hall, Sweden 
Length: 23 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Fratres by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin), Roger Carlsson (Percussion)
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977-1980; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Gothenburg Concert Hall, Sweden 
Length: 9 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 3 by Arvo Pärt
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 12/1997 
Venue:  Gothenburg Concert Hall, Sweden 
Length: 25 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Fratres For Violin, String Orchestra And Percussion
Tabula rasa: 1. Ludus: Con moto
Tabula rasa: 2. Silentium: Senza moto
Symphony No.3: 1. Attacca
Symphony No.3: 2. Più mosso Attacca
Symphony No.3: 3. Alla breve

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Mesmerizing July 19, 2014 By peter damato (lumberton, NJ) See All My Reviews "I saw the Pennsylvania Ballet do a Christopher Whelan new piece and was astounded by the choreography and the music. I waited for the credits to roll and saw that the music was by Arvo Part and called the "Tabula Rasa" I went to the Arkiv website and ordered it. I have listened to it many times and find the piece to be mesmerizing and it evokes feelings in me that are very deep. The piece really touches something inside of me from many years ago. There is the use of silence and time that I had never heard before. Truly an amazing piece of music and ballet." Report Abuse
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