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Arvo Pärt (b.1935)

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Alfred Schnittke: Konzert für Chor

Alfred Schnittke: Konzert für Chor


Pärt:

Dopo la vittoria

Schnittke:

Concerto for Choir

Three Sacred Hymns

Voices of Nature, for ten women's voices & vibraphone


The disc contains moving choral music written by two of the most significant composers of the 20th century. At its world premiere in 1986, Alfred Schnittke’s “Concerto for Chorus” was said to be “revolutionary”, whilst Arvo Pärt remains one of the most popular composers of the present day.

“Dijkstra is a master of choral forces and his talented Bavarian radio choir perform persuasively and with compelling devotional intensity. Nothing seems unduly forced. The sacred text is vividly projected with the voices blending splendidly and with immaculate intonation...I count these wonderful performances as among the choir’s finest achievements to date.” MusicWeb International, 30th January 2014

“this is a performance that accumlates power and authority as it proceeds, and the blazing conviction they bring to the work's third and fourth movements - powerfully shaped by Peter Dijkstra - makes for a richly rewarding listening experience.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2014 ****

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Pärt: Live

Pärt: Live


Pärt:

Collage on B-A-C-H

Robert King

Seven Magnificat Antiphons

Peter Dijkstra

Cecilia, vergine romana for mixed choir and orchestra

Ulf Schirmer

Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

Ulf Schirmer

Litany

Marcello Viotti


Arvo Pärt, who was born in Estonia in 1935, has succeeded in bringing sacred music back to a broader audience, and away from the confines of the church service, more than almost any other contemporary composer. The meditative character of his works, and his return to the simplest and most basic musical forms, convey moments of intense spirituality. Even before his emigration from the Soviet Union to Austria and then to Germany, Pärt had already invented what he termed the tintinnabuli style of composition (from the Latin word for a bell). He produced an early and important example of this style in 1977 with the "Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten", scored for string orchestra and bell, and it is also a key feature of the three great choral works that form the greater part of this new BR-KLASSIK CD "Arvo Pärt: Live", namely the "Seven Magnificat Antiphons" for mixed choir a capella, the large-scale oratorio "Cecilia, vergine romana" for mixed choir and orchestra, and the vocal work „Litany – Prayers of St John Chrysostom for Each Hour of the Day and Night” for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra. Also included on this CD is the "Collage on B-A-C-H" for strings, oboe, harpsichord and piano. Composed in 1964, before Pärt's aesthetic reorientation, it is one of his most famous works. Despite its radical reduction of means of expression, Pärt's music demands the greatest care in execution from those performing it – and this has been masterfully realized in the present recording by the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, whose combined and homogenous sound is a direct result of their regular cooperation. Ulf Schirmer, Marcello Viotti und the choir's current artistic director Peter Dijkstra here demonstrate their deep familiarity with the subtle sound-world of Arvo Pärt.These live recordings were made at Munich concerts in July 2000, February and December 2005, and January and October 2011, all of which received public and critical acclaim.

“A highly desirable collection.” MusicWeb International, June 2017

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Pärt: Te Deum

Pärt: Te Deum


Pärt:

Te Deum

Live-Recording, Munich, Prinzregententheater, 2014

Pilgrims' Song

Live-Recording, Munich, Prinzregententheater, 2014

Berliner Messe

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 2012

Dopo la vittoria

Live-Recording, Munich, Herkulessaal, 2012


CDs from BR-KLASSIK and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Peter Dijkstra are regular winners of prestigious awards – two such being the Strauss-Wagner-Mahler recording, which won the Diapason d'or, and the Concerto for Choir by Alfred Schnittke, which won the ECHO Klassik. In this latest recording of sacred music by Arvo Pärt, the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks is joined by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. The two ensembles frequently perform together in their concert series, which regularly include sacred music from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The present CD production focuses on four compositions by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (born 1935). They were written in 1984, 1990 und 1997 in the composer's own tintinnabulation style of composition (from the Latin word for the 'ringing of bells'). In his Te Deum, Pärt makes a conscious departure from the traditionally powerful and festive sound of such precursors as Charpentier, Bruckner and Verdi. The restraint of the Wallfahrtslied (Pilgrims' Song), a setting of Psalm 121, evokes the ancient Judeo-Christian tradition of psalm recitation. Dopo la vittoria was commissioned by the City of Milan for the 1600 year celebration of the death of St. Ambrose (1997). The Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) is so named because it was first performed in the city's St. Hedwig's Cathedral (1990) to mark the German Katholikentag (Catholics Day).

“this spacious music is full of alluring contrasts...The Kyrie's timeless quality sets the scene beautifully. Singers and players are perfectly balanced...Simplicity is the keyword here.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

“The Bavarian Radio Choir gives authoritative accounts of these subtly complex works, skilfully marshalled by conductor Peter Dijkstra and smartly captured in this impressive live recording.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2015

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Editor's Choice - July 2015

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