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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.
Pärt: Veni Creator
Pärt: The Deer's Cry
Pärt: Most Holy Mother Of God
Pärt: My Heart's In The Highlands
Pärt: Peace Upon You, Jerusalem
Pärt: Ein Wallfahrtslied
Pärt: Morning Star
Pärt: Stabat Mater
30th March 2012
“it's the "Stabat Mater" which impresses most, a sublime concord of voices and strings in Pärt's characteristic tintinnabulate flotation.”
8th April 201
“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.”
20th April 2012
“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.”
“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”
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