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Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa / Kremer, Jarrett

Audio Samples

>Pärt, Arvo : Fratres, for violin & piano
>Pärt, Arvo : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
>Pärt, Arvo : Tabula rasa, concerto for 2 violins (or violin & viola), prepared piano & string orchestra

Album Summary

>Pärt, Arvo : Fratres, for violin & piano
>Pärt, Arvo : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
>Pärt, Arvo : Tabula rasa, concerto for 2 violins (or violin & viola), prepared piano & string orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer
Notes & Reviews:

Arvo Pärt delivers a brief collection of sacred music -- bold, stoic, and sober. His compositions are full of a passionate and melancholy sort of life, a life of deep humility and faith. One of his earliest releases on the ECM label, Tabula Rasa is a richly woven tapestry of string arrangements, and a good introduction to his work. The album opens with Fratres -- a signature piece for the composer that would have many re-tellings over the years. Here, ECM veteran Keith Jarrett's piano has a rich dialogue with Gidon Kremer's violin; both musicians traverse the chilled waters of Estonia with urgent staccato and contemplative grace. The piece returns later in more ominous quietude, this time whispered out by the 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. This arrangement is much more meditative in nature, more reverent perhaps to Pärt's deity, and essentially the centerpiece of the album. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten is a loving, almost melodramatic tribute to a composer that Pärt wished very much to meet (though never did). Cellos and violins drip tears that cascade ever downward to a chord which seems to close infinitely, resonating with the peal of a distant church bell. Pärt's final selection, Tabula Rasa, follows much of the same bittersweet territory as what came before it, though it does encompass greater degrees of discord at the offset. As the 25-minute-long piece settles into night, icy clusters of prepared piano fall between the exchange of two violins and chamber orchestra to invoke feelings of sacrifice, mystery, and deliverance. This is a modest but pivotal recording to own -- the essence of Arvo Pärt. ~ Glenn Swan



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Works Details

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Fratres, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Keith Jarrett (Piano); Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977-1980

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977-1980

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Fratres, for violin & piano
  • Ensemble: 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977-1980

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Tabula rasa, concerto for 2 violins (or violin & viola), prepared piano & string orchestra
  • Performers: Gidon Kremer (Violin); Tatjana Grindenko (Violin); Alfred Schnittke (Prepared Piano)
  • Conductor: Saulius Sondeckis
  • Running Time: 26 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977
  • Studio/Live: Live