Pärt: Miserere / Arman, Oesterreichisches ensemble fur neue musik

Release Date: 3/12/2021
Label: BR Klassik
Catalog Number: BRK900527
Composer: Arvo Pärt
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 71 Minutes

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The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, born 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. Before his emigration from the Soviet Union, Pärt had already invented what he termed the tintinnabuli style of composition. He produced an early and important example of this expressive style in 1977 with his “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten”, scored for string orchestra and bell. It is also a key feature of the choral and instrumental works presented by BR-KLASSIK on this new album: five works for choir as well as two for instrumental ensemble, covering all of the composer’s creative epochs between 1986 and 2019. Alongside shorter a cappella choral works such as “Tribute to Caesar” (1997), “Which Was the Son of...” (2000), “The Deer's Cry” (2007) and “Ja ma kuulsin hääle... (And I heard a voice)” (2017), the highlight of this album – almost 30 minutes in length and with its absolutely spectacular sound effects – is the “Miserere” for soli, mixed voices, ensemble and organ (1989/1992). Ever since its premiere in 1989 in Rouen, France, and the recording by the Hilliard Ensemble under Paul Hillier, this is the first time a professional choir has dared undertake a production of this masterful composition – a work conveying the growth, flourishing and transience of human existence in sound. Arvo Pärt had never heard some of these pieces sung by a full choir before - “always only by a small ensemble”. The impressive programme is rounded off by two instrumental works: “Festina lente” (1986/1990) for string orchestra and harp, and “Sequentia” (2014/2019) for violin, percussion and string orchestra.

Works on This Recording
1. Which Was the Son of … by Arvo Pärt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Chorus
Written: 2000 ;
2. Festina lente by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Uta Jungwirth (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988-1990 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Tribute to Caesar by Arvo Pärt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1997 ;
4. Sequentia by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Alexander Fickel (Percussion), Stanko Madić (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Munich Radio Orchestra
Written: 2005 ;
5. The Deer's Cry by Arvo Pärt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2007 ;
6. Versus III by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Benno Schachtner (Alto), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Versus IV by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor), Benno Schachtner (Alto), Thomas Hamberger (Bass)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
8. Versus V by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor), Benno Schachtner (Alto), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Dies irae by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Benno Schachtner (Alto), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Versus VI by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Benno Schachtner (Alto), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Versus VII by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Benno Schachtner (Alto)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
12. Versus VIII by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Moon Yung Oh (Tenor), Benno Schachtner (Alto), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
13. Versus IX by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Benno Schachtner (Alto), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
14. Versus X by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Benno Schachtner (Alto), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
15. Versus XI by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Benno Schachtner (Alto), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Versus XII by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Moon Yung Oh (Tenor), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Benno Schachtner (Alto), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Thomas Hamberger (Bass)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
17. Versus XIII by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Benno Schachtner (Alto), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
18. Versus XIV by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Benno Schachtner (Alto)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
19. Versus XV by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Benno Schachtner (Alto)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
20. Versus XVI by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Benno Schachtner (Alto), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
21. Versus XVII by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Benno Schachtner (Alto), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
22. Versus XVIII by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Benno Schachtner (Alto), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
23. Versus XIX by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor), Benno Schachtner (Alto), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Thomas Hamberger (Bass)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
24. Versus XX by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Benno Schachtner (Alto), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
25. Versus XXI by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Benno Schachtner (Alto), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor), Thomas Hamberger (Bass)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
26. Rex tremendae by Arvo Pärt
Performer: Benno Schachtner (Alto), Thomas Hamberger (Bass), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Tenor), Anna-Maria Palii (Soprano), Moon Yung Oh (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; Vienna, Austria
27. Ja ma kuulsin hääle… (And I heard a voice…) by Arvo Pärt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Chorus
Written: 2017 ;
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