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Pärt - Spiegel im Spiegel

BBC Music Magazine 5 stars; Classics Today 10/10.

The musical world of Arvo Pärt has fascinated listeners and performers for several decades. The astonishing, breathtaking musical landscape he presents brings us to another dimension in which time seems to cease to exist. And his music reaches an audience which is wider than that of any other contemporary composer of art music today, teaching us that newly composed music can serve to fulfil spiritual needs. As BIS' contribution to the celebration of Pärt’s 70th anniversary this year, we have looked back through our own mirror and brought together a number of works spanning more than three decades of his career: from 1964 to 1998. These include works for choir a cappella, for piano, organ, violin and piano, string quartet, orchestra etc etc. And among the musicians are names such as Neeme Järvi, Tõnu Kaljuste, the Swedish Radio Choir, pianist Alexei Lubimov, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and trumpet player Håkan Hardenberger. Some of the works are well-known, such as Fratres (in two versions: for string quartet and for violin and piano) and Spiegel im Spiegel; others less so, for instance Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka, written for the composer’s daughter. A many-facetted retrospective, thus – and one that offers some intriguing insights into this fascinating composer, who himself has said: “If anybody wishes to understand me, they must listen to my music.”
Extra material for download
  Composer: Pärt, Arvo
01 Fratres for violin and piano 09:59 $ 1.50 USD
02 Dopo la vittoria (Piccola cantata) (1996/98) 09:06 $ 1.37 USD
03 Bogoróditse Djévo (1990) 00:57 $ 0.14 USD
04 I Am the True Vine (1996) 04:20 $ 0.65 USD
05 Annum per annum (K-G-C-S-A) (1980) 09:17 $ 1.39 USD
06 Spiegel im Spiegel (1978) 08:17 $ 1.24 USD
07 Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka (1977) 03:21 $ 0.50 USD
08 Für Alina (1976) 02:06 $ 0.32 USD
  Quintettino, Op.13 (1964) 03:47
09 I. Schnell 00:59 $ 0.15 USD
10 II. Langsam 01:39 $ 0.25 USD
11 III. Mässig 01:09 $ 0.17 USD
  Concerto piccolo über B-A-C-H (1994) for trumpet, strings,
harpcichord and piano
12 I. Preciso 02:49 $ 0.42 USD
13 II. Lento 02:51 $ 0.43 USD
14 III. Deciso 01:37 $ 0.24 USD
15 Fratres for string quartet (1977 / 1985/89) 10:04 $ 1.51 USD
16 Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten for string orchestra
and bell (1977/1980)
06:38 $ 1.00 USD
  Album total 77:23
PianoLubimov, Alexei
Yoffe, Angela
ComposerPärt, Arvo
ViolinGluzman, Vadim
ConductorJärvi, Neeme
Kaljuste, Tõnu
OrganEricsson, Hans-Ola
EnsembleBerlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
OrchestraBergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
String quartetTallinn Quartet

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