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Arvo Pärt: Adam's Lament / Latvian Radio Choir; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Tallinn CO

Audio Samples

>Pärt, Arvo : Adam's Lament, for chorus & string orchestra
>Pärt, Arvo : Beatus Petronius, for double chorus & 2 organs (or orchestra)
>Pärt, Arvo : Salve Regina, for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Pärt, Arvo : Statuit ei Dominus, for 2 choruses & 2 organs (or orchestra)
>Pärt, Arvo : Alleluia Tropus, for chamber chorus & 8 cellos (or chorus & string orchestra)
>Pärt, Arvo : L'Abbe Agathon (Abbot Agathon), for soprano, baritone, female chorus & string orchestra
>Pärt, Arvo : Zwei Wiegenlieder (Two Lullabies), for female voices & piano (or female chorus & string orchestra)

Album Summary

>Pärt, Arvo : Adam's Lament, for chorus & string orchestra
>Pärt, Arvo : Beatus Petronius, for double chorus & 2 organs (or orchestra)
>Pärt, Arvo : Salve Regina, for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Pärt, Arvo : Statuit ei Dominus, for 2 choruses & 2 organs (or orchestra)
>Pärt, Arvo : Alleluia Tropus, for chamber chorus & 8 cellos (or chorus & string orchestra)
>Pärt, Arvo : L'Abbe Agathon (Abbot Agathon), for soprano, baritone, female chorus & string orchestra
>Pärt, Arvo : Zwei Wiegenlieder (Two Lullabies), for female voices & piano (or female chorus & string orchestra)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Marshalling orchestral and choral forces under the direction of Tonu Kaljuste, this new Arvo Part album, produced by Manfred Eicher and realized, like all Part's ECM discs, with the composer's participation, is a major event. Sacred music predominates, but turns monumentally powerful and tenderly fragile. Compositions featured, in premiere recordings made in Tallinn's Niguliste Church, are: Adam's Lament for choir and string orchestra; Beatus Petronius for two choirs, eight woodwind instruments, tubular bells and string orchestra; Salve Regina for choir, celesta and string orchestra; Statuit ei Dominus for two choirs, woodwinds and string orchestra; Alleluia-Tropus for choir and string; L'Abbe Agathon for soprano, baritone, female choir and string orchestra. The album concludes with two lullabies - Estonian Lullaby and Christmas Lullaby - for female choir and string orchestra. In title piece Adam's Lament Part uses a poetic text by Silouan of Athos to emphasize our heritage in the figure of Adam. "Adam is all of us who bear his legacy. This Total Adam has been suffering and lamenting for thousands of years on Earth. Adam himself, our primal father, foresaw the human tragedy and experienced it as his personal guilt. He has suffered all human cataclysms, unto the depth of despair."

The Independent, October 2012
[Adam's Lament is] an absorbing, meditative piece, if less beholden than usual to the composer's technique of tintinnabullation.

The Observer, 28th October 2012
The mix of Orthodox-style chant, ethereal string writing and block-like vocal writing amalgamates PSrt's most familiar styles, but the whole has more contrast and colour than usual. In this world premiere recording, the Latvian Radio Choir, Vox Clamantis and Sinfonietta Riga perform with admirable commitment.

The Arts Desk, November 2012
[Adam's Lament] sounds like an invigorating departure for this composer. The forces involved are more extravagant than usual, and Pärt's previously spare orchestral writing feels full of colour, if typically muted...Immaculate, full-blooded performances under Tönu Kaljuste, and typically wondrous ECM sound.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2013
Adam's Lament serves as a summary of Pärt's evolution since he abandoned Modernist tendencies...The Radio Choir and Vox Clamantis affectingly convey anguished hopes for redemption while maintaining a pure, beautifully-balanced sound that evokes Pärt's underlying beliefs.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
From the powerful opening gesture based on a series of plagal cadences to a foreboding final section, Adam's Lament encompasses a diverse and at times exhilarating range of dissonance and consonant moods.

MusicWeb International, March 2013
This is an Arvo Pärt release which has everything going for it: superb music superlatively performed and recorded in the atmosphere in which it was created...the whole thing, and certain moments in particular, make me shed a tear of awe and respect - refreshed in the knowledge that we can still create generously wondrous things from mean-tempered scales.

American Record Guide, May/June 2013
From the churchman's trudge through the town marketplace through his declarations of spiritual connection with the afflicted, the story is vividly told. Maestro Kaljuste's choirs and orchestras are superb, and ECM catches it all in handsomely reverberant sound. Translations are included in a cluttered booklet that could have been better organized. If you like PSrt's music, you won't want to miss this.



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Works Details

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Adam's Lament, for chorus & string orchestra
  • Conductor: Tönu Kaljuste
  • Ensemble: Vox Clamantis
  • Running Time: 24 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Beatus Petronius, for double chorus & 2 organs (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: Tönu Kaljuste
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990-1996

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Salve Regina, for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: Tönu Kaljuste
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Statuit ei Dominus, for 2 choruses & 2 organs (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: Tönu Kaljuste
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Alleluia Tropus, for chamber chorus & 8 cellos (or chorus & string orchestra)
  • Conductor: Tönu Kaljuste
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : L'Abbe Agathon (Abbot Agathon), for soprano, baritone, female chorus & string orchestra
  • Performers: Tui Hirv; Rainer Vilu (Voice)
  • Conductor: Tönu Kaljuste
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Zwei Wiegenlieder (Two Lullabies), for female voices & piano (or female chorus & string orchestra)
  • Conductor: Tönu Kaljuste
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002