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PART: Music for Unaccompanied Choir

Composer(s):Part, Arvo
Artist(s) Elora Festival Singers, Choir • Edison, Noel, Conductor
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredChoral - Secular
Catalogue 8.570239
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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During the past 20 years, Arvo Pärt has consolidated his reputation as one of the most significant contemporary composers with a sequence of magnificent sacred choral works. Dating from between 1990 and 2001, the works on this recording exemplify Pärt’s mature idiom at its most harmonically expressive. If Triodion represents his music at its starkest and most unadorned, Kanon Pokajanen, the composer’s largest work after the 1982 St John Passion (Naxos 8.555860), is music of a dark-hued and intensely felt contemplation. Pärt’s emotionally-charged Bogoróditse Djévo, is a vibrant tribute to the Virgin Mary. The Elora Festival Singers’ recording of Pärt’s Berliner Messe can be heard on Naxos 8.557299.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

It is good to have an inexpensive collection to emphasize the strength of Arvo Pärt’s choral writing. All this music has a ready appeal, particularly I Am the True Vine and The Woman with the Alabaster Box, set to unexpected texts, while the sparer Nunc dimittis reminds the listener of he individuality of the composer’s ecclesiastical music. Excellent performances and very good recording.

Review By Victor Carr Jr,,October 2006

This new Arvo Pärt choral music collection includes a significant number of works sung in English. The three-part Triodion is one of the composer’s most inward, contemplative pieces, drawing heavily on early Renaissance choral style for its stark, spare harmonies. Tribute to Caesar, I am the True Vine, and The Woman with the Alabaster Box follow in this tradition, though these feature a richer harmonic palette as well as more fluid movement and brighter colors.



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