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Arvo Pärt - Passio

Catalogue numberBIS-2612 SACD
Release date2021-09-03
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time71:33

Composed in 1982, Arvo Pärt’s Passio has retained its place as one of the foremost works of sacred music of the late 20th century. It has been called a minimalist masterpiece, and is a seminal work in the composer’s oeuvre – the culmination of his so-called tintinnabuli style, and the first in a line of large-scale choral works on religious themes. Passion settings have a long history, with polyphonic settings for choral performance beginning in the 15th century and continuing up until the high baroque and the monumental works by Johann Sebastian Bach.

In his Passion, Pärt looks back to an older tradition, however – the medieval one of a single voice chanting the text. As a result, the narrative – chapters 18 and 19 of the Gospel of St. John – becomes the basis for sustained spiritual contemplation rather than the drama of Bach’s Passions. Another important distinction from earlier Passion settings is Pärt’s treatment of the Evangelist, who narrates the story. Rather than a single voice, he employs a quartet: soprano, alto, tenor and bass, accompanied by an ensemble of four instruments. The only other instrument used in the work is the organ, again in contrast to the larger instrumental forces of the Bach Passions. This contemplative work is here performed by the Helsinki Chamber Choir under Nils Schweckendiek.
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Extra material for download
  Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem 70:59
01 Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi 01:16 $ 0.30 USD
02 Haec cum dixisset Jesus (Fig. 2) 05:29 $ 1.32 USD
03 'Jesum Nazarenum' (Fig. 23) 06:03 $ 1.45 USD
04 Quia expedit, unum hominem mori (Fig. 37) 10:55 $ 2.62 USD
05 'Numquid et tu ex discipulis ejus es?' (Fig. 57) 06:16 $ 1.50 USD
06 …et vocavit Jesum, et dixit ei… (Fig. 77) 14:13 $ 3.41 USD
07 'Crucifige, crucifige eum' (Fig. 111) 08:46 $ 2.10 USD
08 Erat autem Parasceve Paschae (Fig. 130) 06:36 $ 1.58 USD
09 'Noli scribere, Rex Judaeorum' (Fig. 149) 07:05 $ 1.70 USD
10 Postea sciens Jesus quia omnia consummata sunt (Fig. 168) 02:52 $ 0.69 USD
11 Qui passus es pro nobis (Fig. 173) 01:28 $ 0.48 USD
  Album total 71:33
ChoirHelsinki Chamber Choir
ConductorSchweckendiek, Nils

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