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Arvo Pärt: Tintinnabuli (from the Latin for 'bell') / The Tallis Scholars, Phillips

Album Summary

>Pärt, Arvo : Magnificat Antiphons (7), for chorus
>Pärt, Arvo : Magnificat
>Pärt, Arvo : ... which was the son of..., for chorus
>Pärt, Arvo : Nunc dimittis, for chorus
>Pärt, Arvo : The Woman with the Alabaster Box
>Pärt, Arvo : Tribute to Caesar, for chorus
>Pärt, Arvo : I am the True Vine
>Pärt, Arvo : Triodion, for chorus
Conductor Ensembles Composer
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Notes & Reviews:

To celebrate Arvo Pärt's 80th birthday, Gimell presents a new recording of some of the Estonian composer's finest a cappella choral works. This is the first album of contemporary music from The Tallis Scholars since their famous 1984 recording of works by John Tavener. The program here includes several major works including the Magnificat, Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen, Triodion and I Am the True Vine. The album's title refers to the compositional style Pärt developed in the 1970s and now employs in most of his works. This simple style was influenced by the composer's mystical experiences with sacred chant. Tintinnabuli works often have a slow and meditative tempo and a minimalist approach to both notation and performance.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
This program, a rerelease, collects a sample of his choral music in commemoration of his 80th birthday. Most of it was written in the 80s, but a couple were produced in the 21st Century (Which was the Son of [2000], an uncharacteristically amusing listing of Jesus' genealogy, and a stunning Nunc Dimittis [2001]). Also notable is the famous Magnificat (1989) and 7 Magnificat Antiphons (1988). Both the more discursive Woman with the Alabaster Box and Tribute to Caesar come from 1997, I Am the True Vine and the somewhat more extended Triodion from 1996. All of this is moving, but of course best appreciated in small doses. The Tallis Scholars are hard to beat in this music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Merton College, Oxford.



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Works Details

>Pärt, Arvo : Magnificat Antiphons (7), for chorus
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Ensemble: The Tallis Scholars
  • Running Time: 13 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1988

>Pärt, Arvo : Magnificat
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1989

>Pärt, Arvo : ... which was the son of..., for chorus
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Pärt, Arvo : Nunc dimittis, for chorus
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Pärt, Arvo : The Woman with the Alabaster Box
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Pärt, Arvo : Tribute to Caesar, for chorus
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Pärt, Arvo : I am the True Vine
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Pärt, Arvo : Triodion, for chorus
  • Conductor: Peter Phillips
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998