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Arvo Pärt: Te Deum / Bavarian Radio Choir; Munich RSO; Dijkstra

Album Summary

>Pärt, Arvo : Te Deum, for 2 choruses, strings, prepared piano & tape
>Pärt, Arvo : Ein Wallfahrtslied (Pilgrim's Song), for male chorus & string orchestra
>Pärt, Arvo : Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass)
>Pärt, Arvo : Dopo la vittoria, little cantata for chorus
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this latest BR-KLASSIK recording of sacred music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (b. 1935), the regularly award-winning Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Peter Dijkstra, is joined by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, a frequent occurrence in their concert series that regularly include sacred music from the 19th through the 21st c. The present three compositions were written in 1984 and 1990 in the composer's own tintinnabulation style of composition (from the Latin word for the 'ringing of bells'). In his Te Deum, Pärt makes a conscious departure from the traditionally powerful and festive sound of such precursors as Charpentier, Bruckner and Verdi. The restraint of the Wallfahrtslied (Pilgrims' Song), a setting of Psalm 121, evokes the ancient Judeo-Christian tradition of psalm recitation. The Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) is so named because it was first performed in the city's St. Hedwig's Cathedral (1990) to mark the German Katholikentag (Catholics Day).

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
PSrt's arresting choral music now has a host of fine interpreters. For the haunting Te Deum Mr Koob praised a recent one by Voces Musicales that compared very well to the premiere recording (1994, ECM) with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (Nov/Dec 2012). I know only the 1994 release. The Bavarians record in a very reverberant space, making the piece sound, perhaps, like an ancient song by Tolkien's dwarves in the Mines of Moria. It has a kind of impersonal restraint that is much favored by many listeners. It is a stirring performance, more so because the important electronic tape part has more presence than it usually does. The remaining works, including the shorter Pilgrim's Song and After the Victory, are well done too.



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>Pärt, Arvo : Te Deum, for 2 choruses, strings, prepared piano & tape
  • Performer: Max Hanft (Piano)
  • Conductor: Peter Dijkstra
  • Ensemble: Münchner Rundfunkorchester
  • Notes: München, Prinzregentententheater (02/13/2014-02/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984-1992

>Pärt, Arvo : Ein Wallfahrtslied (Pilgrim's Song), for male chorus & string orchestra
  • Conductor: Peter Dijkstra
  • Ensemble: Münchner Rundfunkorchester
  • Notes: München, Prinzregentententheater (02/13/2014-02/15/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984-2001

>Pärt, Arvo : Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) :: Kyrie
  • Conductor: Peter Dijkstra
  • Ensemble: Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
  • Notes: München, Prinzregentententheater (02/23/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990-1997

>Pärt, Arvo : Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) :: Gloria
  • Conductor: Peter Dijkstra
  • Ensemble: Münchner Rundfunkorchester
  • Notes: München, Prinzregentententheater (02/23/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990-1997

>Pärt, Arvo : Dopo la vittoria, little cantata for chorus
  • Conductor: Peter Dijkstra
  • Ensemble: Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
  • Notes: München, Herkulessaal der Residenz (07/11/2012-07/13/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Pärt, Arvo : Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) :: Credo
  • Conductor: Peter Dijkstra
  • Ensemble: Münchner Rundfunkorchester
  • Notes: München, Prinzregentententheater (02/23/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990-1997

>Pärt, Arvo : Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) :: Sanctus
  • Conductor: Peter Dijkstra
  • Ensemble: Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
  • Notes: München, Prinzregentententheater (02/23/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990-1997

>Pärt, Arvo : Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) :: Agnus Dei
  • Conductor: Peter Dijkstra
  • Ensemble: Münchner Rundfunkorchester
  • Notes: München, Prinzregentententheater (02/23/2012-02/25/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990-1997