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Pärt: Triodion, Ode VII, etc / Elora Festival SIngers

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> Triodion - I. Introduction: ad libitum - Ode I: O Jesus the Son of God, Have Mercy upon Us
> Triodion - II. Ode II: O Most Holy Birth-giver of God, Save Us
> Triodion - III. Ode III: O Holy Saint Nicholas, Pray to God for Us - Coda: ad libitum
> Tribute to Caesar - Tribute to Caesar
> Nunc dimittis - Nunc dimittis
> Kanon Pokajanen - Kanon Pokajanen: Ode VII: Memento
> I am the True Vine - I am the true vine
> The Woman with the Alabaster Box - The Woman with the Alabaster Box
> Dopo la vittoria - Dopo la vittoria (After the Victory)
> Bogoroditse Dyevo (Mother of God and Virgin) - Bogoroditse Djevo (Mother of God and Virgin)

Album Summary

>Pärt, Arvo : Triodion, for chorus
>Pärt, Arvo : Tribute to Caesar, for chorus
>Pärt, Arvo : Nunc dimittis, for chorus
>Pärt, Arvo : Kanon Pokajanen
>Pärt, Arvo : I am the True Vine
>Pärt, Arvo : The Woman with the Alabaster Box
>Pärt, Arvo : Dopo la vittoria, little cantata for chorus
>Pärt, Arvo : Bogoroditse Devo
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"In the crowded field of Part choral recordings Naxos has consistently made a mark, despite being ranged against top-class contenders like Polyphony (Hyperion) and Paul Hillier's Estonian forces (Harmonia Mundi). In particular, this latest offering by the Elora Singers overlaps with Polyphony's Triodion (11/03) and Hillier's Da pacem (A/06) but it's still well worth considering, both for the beautiful performances and for the care with which the pieces have been chosen to illustrate the developments in Part's writing during the 1990s. Throughout that decade there were subtle yet rather startling indications that Part might be heading for a more lush approach, a style involving busier melodies and harmonic movement. These can be heard in the cadences of I am the true vine, the almost sumptuous textures of The Woman with the Alabaster Box and Tribute to Caesar, and the unusually short note values of the opening and closing passages of Dopo la vittoria and Bogoroditse Dyevo, with its unmistakable Orthodox tinge. It now seems clear that we were witnessing the organic ripening of Part's music, not a change of direction, and the most recent piece here - the Nunc dimittis (2001), commissioned for St Mary's Episcopal Church in Edinburgh and seen by some as an inevitable if long-delayed response to Part's Magnificat (1989) - still displays his characteristic purity of sound and austere methodology, which are realised with great sensitivity by the Elora Singers. This CD makes an excellent companion-piece to the team's warmly recommended "Sacred Music of Arvo Part" (Naxos, 10/04)." -Gramophone

"Here we have the more familiar, "modern" Part as we hear passages that sound faintly minimalistic while always draped in luminous colors and arresting timbres. Of course, those two attributes apply to most of Part's moving and exquisitely rendered choral music. Exquisite also describes the performances of the Elora Festival Singers, who provide pure-toned and texturally beautiful singing under Noel Edison's direction. Naxos' recording is spacious and well-detailed, with wide dynamics. A truly enjoyable hour of music, essential for Part aficionados and choral enthusiasts." -ClassicsToday (10/10)



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Works Details

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Triodion, for chorus
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Ensemble: Elora Festival Singers
  • Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (05/19/2006-05/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Tribute to Caesar, for chorus
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Ensemble: Elora Festival Singers
  • Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (05/19/2006-05/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Nunc dimittis, for chorus
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Ensemble: Elora Festival Singers
  • Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (05/19/2006-05/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Kanon Pokajanen :: Ode 7 (Memento)
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Ensemble: Elora Festival Singers
  • Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (05/19/2006-05/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994-1997

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : I am the True Vine
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Ensemble: Elora Festival Singers
  • Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (05/19/2006-05/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : The Woman with the Alabaster Box
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Ensemble: Elora Festival Singers
  • Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (05/19/2006-05/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Dopo la vittoria, little cantata for chorus
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Ensemble: Elora Festival Singers
  • Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (05/19/2006-05/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Bogoroditse Devo
  • Conductor: Noel Edison
  • Ensemble: Elora Festival Singers
  • Notes: St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada (05/19/2006-05/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990