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Pärt: Da Pacem / Hillier, Bowers-Broadbent, et al

Album Summary

>Pärt, Arvo : Da pacem Domine
>Pärt, Arvo : Salve Regina, for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Pärt, Arvo : Slavic Psalms (2), for chorus or soloists
>Pärt, Arvo : Magnificat
>Pärt, Arvo : An den Wassern zu Babel saßen wir und weinten, for SATB soloists or chorus & organ
>Pärt, Arvo : Dopo la vittoria, little cantata for chorus
>Pärt, Arvo : Nunc dimittis, for chorus
>Pärt, Arvo : Littlemore Tractus, for chorus & organ
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Given the strict limits on the materials and techniques that Part permits himself, it is remarkable that his work continues to sound fresh and original. This beautiful release is another compelling illustration of the emotional and textural intensity central to his art. In the context of such a strict aesthetic even the most subtle of developments can seem revolutionary. This collection, Hillier's third for Harmonia Mundi, showcases four compositions from this decade alongside some earlier works, most of which have been revised, as is Part's habit, within the past 15 years. While his methodology has remained much the same, Part admitted a greater harmonic and textural richness over that period, and this relative lushness is superbly realised by the EPC Choir without ever betraying the fundamental asceticism of Part's sound. The album opens with the most recent piece, Da pacem Domine (2004), a typical work not least because of its slow harmonic speed coupled with increasingly intense light and colour. It contrasts with Salve regina (2001-2) which, as Hillier comments, could almost be "a dream sequence from a film about a peasant community" in the early passages. Indeed, at first hearing one could almost confuse it with something Preisner might have written for Kieslowski, although there are enough characteristic chords and intervals to mark it out as Part. The Psalms (1984), with their unusually strong Slavonic tinge, again show the variety Pärt can achieve within restricted means. As always, Hillier and his colleagues have done Pärt proud." -Gramophone

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This collection showcases four compositions from this decade alongside some earlier works, most of which have been revised, as is Pärt's habit, within the past 15 years. While his methodology has remained much the same, Pärt admitted a greater harmonic and textural richness over that period, and this relative lushness is superbly realised by the EPC Choir without ever betraying the fundamental asceticism of Pärt's sound.

The album opens with the most recent piece, Da pacem Domine (2004), a typical work not least because of its slow harmonic speed coupled with increasingly intense light and colour. It contrasts with Salve regina (2001-2) which, as Hillier comments, could almost be 'a dream sequence from a film about a peasant community' in the early passages. Indeed, at first hearing one could almost confuse it with something Preisner might have written for Kieslowski, although there are enough characteristic chords and intervals to mark it out as Pärt. The Psalms (1984), with their unusually strong Slavonic tinge, again show the variety Pärt can achieve within restricted means. As always, Hillier and his colleagues have done Pärt proud. This beautiful release is another compelling illustration of the emotional and textural intensity central to the composer's art.

BBC Music Magazine
The Estonian Chamber Choir under Paul Hillier sings everything with near miraculous precision and delicate dedication... an aural delight.



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Works Details

>Pärt, Arvo : Da pacem Domine
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Pärt, Arvo : Salve Regina, for chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (Organ)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Pärt, Arvo : Slavic Psalms (2), for chorus or soloists
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984-1997

>Pärt, Arvo : Magnificat
  • Performer: Kaia Urb (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1989

>Pärt, Arvo : An den Wassern zu Babel saßen wir und weinten, for SATB soloists or chorus & organ
  • Performers: Aarne Talvik (Bass); Tiit Kogermann (Tenor); Kaia Urb (Soprano); Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (Organ)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976-1984

>Pärt, Arvo : Dopo la vittoria, little cantata for chorus
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Pärt, Arvo : Nunc dimittis, for chorus
  • Performer: Kaia Urb (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Pärt, Arvo : Littlemore Tractus, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (Organ)
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001