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Pärt: Lamentate / Lubimov, Hilliard Ensemble, et al

Album Summary

>Pärt, Arvo : Da pacem Domine
>Pärt, Arvo : Lamentate, for piano & orchestra (Hommage to Anish Kapoor and his sculpture 'Marsyas')
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"After my discovery of Arvo Part in the 1980s, when his extraordinary "tintinnabulation" pieces became well known in the West, I started to grow a nit tired of his music... but with this recording, I find my excitement about and engagement with the composer renewed... the music is authoritative. Part sounds like a master, a composer whose voice is unmistakable, and who seems able now to dip into whatever part of his practice seems germane to make any point that he deems necessary. The performances are outstanding... Lubimov maintains the perfection of even tone and touch necessary to make materials glow that could be anemic in less musical hands. ECM's sound is, as usual, sumptuous." -Robert Carl, Fanfare

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The main piece on this latest release has passages of visceral power unheard in Pärt's work for almost three decades. Lamentate was inspired by Anish Kapoor's gigantic sculpture Marsyas, which filled the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in London. Confronted with this monumental work, Pärt felt he was standing before his own body after death. 'I had a strong sense of not being ready to die,' he says, 'and was moved to ask myself what I could still accomplish in the time left to me.' Lamentate is intended as a lament for the living, 'struggling with the pain and hopelessness of this world'. The solo piano part can be seen as the first person narrative of an individual, beset by challenges represented by the orchestra, which uses sharper textures, more dramatic gestures and a broader range of colours than we usually expect from this most controlled and ascetic of composers. It makes one eager to know what his next step will be.

In Da pacem Domine (2004), for which Sarah Leonard extends the Hilliard's range, Pärt takes a ninth-century antiphon as his starting point, floating the serene, radiant lines of this prayer for peace with characteristic airy grace, slowly opening up the textures and exploring some tart harmonies before returning to a final consoling chord.


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>Pärt, Arvo : Da pacem Domine
  • Performer: Hilliard Ensemble (Clavichord)
  • Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004
  • Language: Latin
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Pärt, Arvo : Lamentate, for piano & orchestra (Hommage to Anish Kapoor and his sculpture 'Marsyas')
  • Performer: Alexei Lubimov (Piano)
  • Conductor: Andrey Boreyko
  • Ensemble: SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 34 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002
  • Studio/Live: Studio