Notes & Reviews:
"Given its UK premiere at the Proms last week, Arvo Part's fourth symphony, "Los Angeles", based on the Canon of the Guardian Angel, comes nearly 40 years after his third. It was partly commissioned by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the LA Phil, who premiered it in 2009 and play it here. The mood ranges from serenity, ritual, repetition and non-vocal "chant" to dignified, meditative grandeur. The accompanying Fragments from Kanon Pokajanen, a 1997 choral work performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conducted by Tonu Kaljuste, is delivered with addictive Slavonic passion. In all senses, this latest ECM-Part collaboration is entrancing." -The Guardian
With his Symphony No. 4 Arvo Part returns to symphonic structure and scope, in a new work scored for string orchestra, harp, tympani and percussion. The piece was commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen in January 2009 almost 40 years after his 3rd Symphony, and is the first symphonic work Part has written since developing his "tintinnabulation" style.
Classic FM Magazine
Salonen gradually steers the sound world from Hollywood underscoring towards the monasteries of Orthodox Russia, evoking desolate landscapes and, in the final movement, a sense of ritual deliverance from destruction.
The mood ranges from serenity, ritual, repetition and non-vocal "chant" to dignified, meditative grandeur...Fragments from Kanon Pokajanen...is delivered with addictive Slavonic passion...In all senses, this latest ECM-Pärt collaboration is entrancing.
...the work, cast in three incantatory movements and scored for strings, harp, timpani and percussion, is as deep as anything Pärt has written.
bbc.co.uk - Charlotte Gardner
Like much of Pärt's other works, it weaves the effect of musical suspension in time, helped by motivic and stylistic similarities across its three movements...The Estonian Philharmonic Choir are just as effective in the Kanon Pokajanen fragments...delivered in a crisply enunciated, religiously-weighted performance.
Almost 40 years on from his third symphony, Arvo Pärt returned to the form with this "Los Angeles" symphony...Scored for string orchestra, harp, tympani and percussion, it opens imperceptibly in a quiet shimmer of strings before developing in stirring but sombre manner, the waves of rising string flourishes peaking like straining voices
There has probably never been a symphony like this...Repeated listening brings great rewards: this is a true symphony for the 21st century.
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Works DetailsArvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Symphony no 4 ("Los Angeles")
- Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
- Running Time: 35 min. 6 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 2008
Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Kanon pokajanen :: Fragments
- Conductor: Tönu Kaljuste
- Running Time: 14 min. 50 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary
- Written: 1994-1997