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Arvo Pärt: Organ Music; Choral Music - The Beatitudes; Berliner Messe; Cantate Domino at al. / Daniel Justin, organ; Leeds Cathedral Choir, Saunders

Album Summary

>Pärt, Arvo : The Beatitudes, for chorus & organ
>Pärt, Arvo : Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus or soloists & organ
>Pärt, Arvo : Cantate Domino
>Pärt, Arvo : Annum per Annum
>Pärt, Arvo : Mein Weg hat Gipfel und Wellentäler, for organ
>Pärt, Arvo : Pari Intervallo
>Pärt, Arvo : Trivium
>Pärt, Arvo : Spiegel im Spiegel
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Arvo Prt's music resists the easily achieved peace of much Minimalist music of its time, even if its economy of gesture and expression - the joy taken in apparently simple beauty - has made him one of the iconic composers of our time. Such beauty is not simply achieved, and Prt has written slowly, again unlike many of his contemporaries, filling each new piece with quiet quirks of harmony and unexpected turns that make them as satisfying to perform as they are to hear. All the works on this album of music reflecting Prt's deep Christian faith derive from the 'tintinnabuli' style which he created in the 1970s, in rebellion from an earlier embrace of Modernism. In Cantate Domino (1978), a simple melodic voice embraced by an accompaniment taken from the tonic triad - the bell like sound inspiring the label. In the Berliner Messe of 1990 there are certainly many moments of ascetic detachment but these are balanced with a compelling range of emotion: originally written with string parts, the Mass is here performed as it would more commonly be heard in a liturgical context, with organ accompaniment. The organ plays a central role in The Beatitudes (199X): granite slabs of sound come into focus over unyielding pedal notes, the message intensified in the silences. Intensity rises with pitch until the music is torn apart by the organ at the concluding Amen.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Leeds Cathedral, UK (2014-03-30_2014-03-31&2014-).



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>Pärt, Arvo : The Beatitudes, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Daniel Justin (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Saunders
  • Ensemble: Leeds Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: Leeds Cathedral, UK (2014-03-30_2014-03-31&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Pärt, Arvo : Berliner Messe, for SATB chorus or soloists & organ
  • Performer: Daniel Justin (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Saunders
  • Notes: Leeds Cathedral, UK (2014-03-30_2014-03-31&2014-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1990-1991

>Pärt, Arvo : Cantate Domino
  • Performer: Daniel Justin (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Saunders
  • Notes: Leeds Cathedral, UK (2014-03-30_2014-03-31&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1977-1996

>Pärt, Arvo : Annum per Annum
  • Performer: Thomas Leech (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Saunders
  • Notes: Leeds Cathedral, UK (2014-03-30_2014-03-31&2014-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Pärt, Arvo : Mein Weg hat Gipfel und Wellentäler, for organ
  • Performer: Thomas Leech (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Saunders
  • Notes: Leeds Cathedral, UK (2014-03-30_2014-03-31&2014-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Pärt, Arvo : Pari Intervallo
  • Performer: Thomas Leech (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Saunders
  • Notes: Leeds Cathedral, UK (2014-03-30_2014-03-31&2014-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Pärt, Arvo : Trivium
  • Performer: Thomas Leech (Organ)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Saunders
  • Notes: Leeds Cathedral, UK (2014-03-30_2014-03-31&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Pärt, Arvo : Spiegel im Spiegel
  • Performer: Thomas Leech (Organ)
  • Notes: Leeds Cathedral, UK (2014-03-30_2014-03-31&2014-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978