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Schnittke & Pärt – Choral Works

Catalogue numberBIS-2292 SACD
Release date2017-12-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time59:51

Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt lived through times of remarkable change in the last decades of the Soviet Union. From the 1970s, state restrictions on religion were gradually relaxed and this was reflected in the arts and especially in music. Schnittke’s adoption of Christianity was triggered by the death of his mother in 1972, and culminated in his later conversion to Catholicism. Pärt was from a nominally Lutheran background in Estonia, but embraced the Orthodox faith in the 1970s, following intensive study of liturgical music. Both composers began to incorporate religious themes into their work, moving away from the modernist abstraction that had characterized their early careers.

Schnittke’s large-scale Psalms of Repentance were composed in 1988 for the celebrations for the millennium of Christianity in Russia. The texts come from an anonymous collection of poems for Lent, written in the 16th century, and in his settings Schnittke engages with the traditions of chant-based Orthodox liturgical music. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Kaspars Putniņš have chosen to combine Schnittke’s Psalms with two shorter works by Arvo Pärt, whose music they are well-known exponents of. Like the Psalms, Pärt’s pieces are composed in a quasi-liturgical style, and with its serene atmosphere, his Nunc dimittis forms a natural counterpart to the Magnificat even though the two were written more than a decade apart.
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  Composer: Schnittke, Alfred
  Psalms of Repentance (1988) for mixed choir 44:36
01 I. Adam sat weeping at the gates of paradise 02:40 $ 0.65 USD
02 II. O wilderness, gather me to your silent and gentle lap 04:09 $ 1.00 USD
03 III. That is why I live in poverty 02:46 $ 0.67 USD
04 IV. My soul, why are you in a state of sin? 02:20 $ 0.57 USD
05 V. O Man, doomed and wretched 02:59 $ 0.73 USD
06 VI. When they beheld the ship that suddenly came 01:46 $ 0.43 USD
07 VII. Oh my soul, why are you not afraid 05:13 $ 1.26 USD
08 VIII. If you wish to overcome unending sorrow 01:54 $ 0.47 USD
09 IX. I have reflected on my life as a monk 06:28 $ 1.56 USD
10 X. Christian people, gather together! 03:38 $ 0.88 USD
11 XI. I entered this life of tears a naked infant 03:31 $ 0.85 USD
12 XII. [wordless humming] 07:12 $ 1.80 USD
  Composer: Pärt, Arvo
13 Magnificat (1989) for mixed choir 07:14 $ 1.77 USD
14 Nunc dimittis (2001) for mixed choir 06:33 $ 1.70 USD
  Album total 59:51
ComposerPärt, Arvo
Schnittke, Alfred
TenorMikson, Raul
Tohert, Toomas
SopranoKriis, Karolina
Melaha, Maria
Urb, Kaia
AltoHännikäinen, Ave
Pärna, Marianne

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