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Arvo Pärt: Creator Spiritus
Paul Hillier curates this collection of Arvo Pärt's instrumental and choral chamber music drawn from different periods in the composer's career. He brings together his celebrated vocal ensembles, along with chamber group NYYD, and long-time collaborator organist Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, to produce another powerful recording of ethereal sacred music. Theatre of Voices and Ars Nova Copenhagen appear in Glasgow at the end of March performing 'Stimmung', 'The Little Match Girl Passion', Allegri and Terry Riley.
“it's the "Stabat Mater" which impresses most, a sublime concord of voices and strings in Pärt's characteristic tintinnabulate flotation.” The Independent, 30th March 2012 *****
“It is no surprise that the virtuosic singers in Theatre of Voices and Ars Nova Copenhagen are often to be found in early music ensembles...The NYYD Quartet and organist Christopher Bowers-Broadbent add sonic variety to this pure, minimalist enterprise.” The Observer, 8th April 201
“Hillier and his colleagues are fully at ease with the slowness of undertow and sense of near-repose that the unfolding self-similarity creates in so many of the pieces here. And they rightly often glory in the glowing resonances they’re presented with. The patient, softly-contoured gentleness they bring to the start of The Deer’s Cry is mesmerising and makes the stresses of its later insistence – climax seems too strong a word – all the more effective.” Irish Times, 20th April 2012 *****
“Theatre of Voices have lived and breathed Part's music for over two decades but it is perhaps the warmth and beauty of the voices of Ars Nova Copenhagen that is most immediately striking here” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012
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Netherlands Chamber Choir sing Pärt & Palestrina
This is the first release of the world famous Netherlands Chamber Choir with their new Chief Conductor, Risto Joost. The young Estonian prodigy is also Chief Conductor of the Opera in Tallin and his first album features a sublime spiritual programme, combining old and new. Stunning performance.
“It's not difficult to tell the two composers apart stylistically, but their similar spirit, sense of reverence and pristine vision make them perfect musical partners. Made in Amsterdam's Waalse Kirk, this recording gives an excellent impression of space and airiness, and does full justice to the beautiful performance of the Choir.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 *****
“simply heavenly singing...On the grounds that you can't have too much of a good thing, I find no cause for complaint at this opportunity to hear the Palestrina twice in one setting...The singers, all 20 of them, produce a rich and wonderfully balanced sound, marvellous depth in the basses and a delectable fluidity in the sopranos. Truly this is a choir of great distinction.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012
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