In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
The composer Arvo Part (pronounced "pairt") was born in Estonia in 1935. Although at that time Estonia was a nascent independent republic, the Soviet Union took control of it in 1940, and stayed except for a brief period under the Nazis, for the next 54 years.
Arvo PartPart's musical education began at age 7, and by 14 or 15 he was writing his own compositions. While studying composition at the Tallinn Conservatory it was said of him that: "he just seemed to shake his sleeves and notes would fall out". There were very few influences from outside the Soviet Union at this time, just a few illegal tapes and scores.
Part's oeuvre is generally divided into two periods, and he is best known for his more recent works. The early works range from rather severe neo-classical styles influences by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Bartok. He then began to compose using Schoenberg's twelve-tone technique and serialism, but this not only earned the ire of the Soviet establishment, but also proved to be a creative dead end. Part's biographer, Paul Hillier, says: "... he had reached a position of complete despair in which the composition of music appeared to be the most futile of gestures, and he lacked the musical faith and will-power to write even a single note" This may be an overstatement since the transitional third symphony was composed during this time. However, it is clear that Part experienced a deep crisis. His response to this impasse was to immerse himself in early music, to go in effect back to the very roots of western music. He studied plainsong, Gregorian chant, and the emergence of polyphony in the Renaissance. At the same time he began to explore religion and joined the Russian Orthodox Church, perhaps indicating that the crisis was spiritual in nature, rather than simply musical.
The music that began to emerge after this period was radically different. Part describes it as tintinnabular : as like the ringing of bells. The music is characterised by simple harmonies, often single unadorned notes, or triad chords which form the basis of western harmony. These sound like ringing bells, hence the name. The Tintinnabuli are rhythmically simple, and do not change tempo. The influence of early music is clear. Another characteristic of Part's later works is that they are frequently settings for sacred texts, although he mostly chooses Latin texts rather than Estonia, or the Slavonic used in Orthodox liturgy. Part is unusual for a modern composer in that he is very popular in his own lifetime.
Part has said that his music is similar to light going through a prism: the music may have a slightly different meaning for each listener, thus creating a spectrum of musical experience, similar to the rainbow of light.
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Review: This new anthology of Part's choral works replaces the earlier one published in 1999. It is even more representative of Part's work, not only because of the recent additions, but because of the very welcome decision to include two selections from his major a cappella work, Kanon Pokajanen. The revised selection is also carefully geared towards the music represented on three CDs, all of which were recorded in consultation with the composer. introduced by Paul Hillier.
Review: During the past 20 years, Arvo Part has consolidated his reputation as one of the most significant contemporary composers with a sequence of magnificent sacred choral works. Dating from between 1990 and 2001, the works on this recording exemplify Part's mature idiom at its most harmonically expressive. If Triodion represents his music at its starkest and most unadorned, Kanon Pokajanen, the composer's largest work after the 1982 St John Passion (Naxos 8.555860), is music of a dark-hued and intensely felt contemplation. Part's emotionally-charged Bogorditse Djvo, is a vibrant tribute to the Virgin Mary.
Review: Born in 1935 in Paide, Estonia Arvo Part has become one of the leading choral composers of our time. Choirs around the world have performed his work and this recording is one of the finest interpretations of his works by this world-class choir. All these compositions are typical in that appear disarmingly simple on paper, they reveal a genuine and dignified spiritual depth.
Review: This collection of shorter sacred works by Arvo Part is the third harmonia mundi recording devoted to the music of the great contemporary Estonian composer. Da pacem includes some of his newest compositions as well as a sampling of works from earlier in his career. Led by Part's longtime collaborator and biographer Paul Hillier, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, along with organist Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, illuminate the very essence of Part's "holy minimalism," with its roots in early-Medieval polyphony and deep engagement with text. A survey of the work of three decades, Da pacem illustrates the development of Part's triadic, bell-like "tintinabulation" style as the composer explores new colors and texture. The disc features the lovely Magnificat (1989), with its call and response form and the Salve Regina (2001/2002), with its unexpected underlying waltz rhythm. Also included are Part's Dopo la vittoria (1996/1998), a "piccola cantata" commissioned to celebrate the 1,600th anniversary of the death of Saint Ambrose and the title track, Da pacem Domine (2004) - a prayer for peace rendered with an astonishing stillness, in which, says Hillier, "each pitch is carefully placed in position like stones in a Zen garden." Of special note is the world premiere recording of Part's Two Slavonic Psalms (1997) - the first a-cappella work the composer wrote using the "tintinnabuli" style.
Review: Arvo Part's contemporary sacred work, St. John Passion, is sung in Latin and recalls the purity and timelessness of the great musical passions of the seventeenth century. Recorded from Durham's magnificent medieval cathedral, the performance features the Hilliard Ensemble and the Western Wind Choir, conducted by Paul Hillier. The solo parts are sung by John Potter (Pilate), Michael George (Christ), Mary Seers, David James, Roger Covey-Crump and Gordon Jones (The Evangelist Quartet). A short introduction precedes the work.
Review: In celebration of composer Arvo Part's 70th birthday on September 11th, Harmonia Mundi offers this special selection of recordings, conducted by his long-time collaborator and biographer Paul Hillier. Of special note is the first release of Hillier's reading of Dopo la vittoria. Previously released recordings are taken from Hillier's two highly acclaimed recordings of the music of Arvo Part. His first CD, De Profundis, has remained a bestseller since its debut in March 1997. I Am The True Vine, his second Part disc, illustrated Hillier's unique affinity for the deep spiritual mysteries of Part's music, and his ability to illuminate them in ways no other performer can match. The collaborative relationship between Hillier and Estonian composer Part dates back to the early 1980s, when as director of the Hilliard Ensemble, he was among the first to present Part's music to the West.
Review: Marx and Lenin probably would not have appreciated the irony, but after decades of Communist repression of religion, the former Soviet bloc is the source of a profound outpouring of explicitly Christian expression. This is manifested in the music of such composers as Henryk Gorecki, a Pole, and Arvo Part, an Estonian. Part, a refugee from serialism, here writes in a quasi-minimalist style that he calls "tintinnabuli," a sound that echoes medieval composition. A fan of vocal music ("The human voice is the most perfect instrument of all"), he uses choruses to superb effect. This disc includes some of his best work, including the popular Magnificat, beautifully rendered by the Theatre of Voices under Paul Hillier.
Review: Creator Spiritus is the latest collaboration between GRAMMY Award winning conductor Paul Hillier and celebrated Estonian composer Arvo Part. The disc features a carefully selected collection of Part's choral and instrumental chamber music, drawn from different periods in the composer's career. Leading his celebrated vocal ensembles Theatre of Voices and Ars Nova Copenhagen and joined by the NYYD Quartet and long-time collaborator organist Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, Hillier produces another powerful recording of ethereal sacred music.
Review: Contemporary troubador Paul Hillier has been one of the key players behind introducing Arvo Part's music to Western audiences, first through recordings with the Hilliard Ensemble and later through his magnificently innovative group Theatre of Voices. I Am the True Vine continues the collaboration by bringing together some truly vintage Part compositions from the '90s. Although it exists on disc in a more elaborate version for choir and strings, the 1990 Berlin Mass was originally written for just four solo voices and organ. Part later revised the score, returning to that original sonority, which is the version offered here. The consummate preparation of the Theatre of Voices, in which every line is lovingly unfurled, the whole building into a memorable aural sculpture, only heightens a listener's admiration for Part's ability to make the seemingly simple profound. We also hear the composer in a more overtly joyful mood than usual in the short first selection, while the title track--a setting of a text from the Gospel of John and one of three world premiere recordings here--is a marvelously organic example of word painting (representing Part's choral virtuosity even when it comes to setting English text).
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|...which was the song of... (Arvo Part)||Arvo Part||Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir||Baltic Voices||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Agnus Dei||Arvo Part||Theatre of Voices||Arvo Part - De Profundis||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|An den Wassen zu Babel saben wir und weinten||Arvo Part||Arvo Part||Collected Choral Works||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|An Den Wassern Zu Babel||Arvo Part||Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir||Arvo Part - Da Pacem||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|And One Of Those Pharisees||Arvo Part||Theatre of Voices||Arvo Part - De Profundis||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Arvo Part||Arvo Part||Arvo Part||Collected Choral Works||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Beatus Petronius||Arvo Part||Arvo Part||Collected Choral Works||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Bemerkungen zur Auffuhrungspraxis der Chorwerke Arvo Parts||Arvo Part||Arvo Part||Collected Choral Works||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Berliner Messe||Arvo Part||Theatre of Voices||Part - I Am The True Vine||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Bogorodiste Djevo||Arvo Part||Swedish Radio Choir||Voices Of Nature||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Bogoroditse Djevo||Arvo Part||University of Louisville Cardinal Singers||A Time To Cherish||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Bogoroditse Djevo||Arvo Part||Elora Festival Singers||Arvo Part - Music for Unaccompanied Choir||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Bogoroditse Djevo||Arvo Part||Ars Nova Singers||Blue True Dream||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Bogoroditse Djevo||Arvo Part||St Charles Singers||Christmas In St Charles||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Bogoroditse Djevo||Arvo Part||The Choral Project||Winter||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Bogoroditse Dyevo||Arvo Part||Minnesota Choral Artists||Shout the Glad Tidings!||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Bogoroditse dyevo (Hail Mary)||Arvo Part||Choir of King's College, Cambridge||On Christmas Day - New Carols From King's||2 CDs||MORE DETAILS|
|Bogoroditse dyevo (Hail Mary)||Arvo Part||Theatre of Voices||Part - I Am The True Vine||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Bogoroditse dyevo, raduisya||Arvo Part||Esoterics||Beata - Songs to the blessed virgin||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Bogoroditsye Dyevo||Arvo Part||Stephen Cleobury||Advent For Choirs||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Bogoroditsye Dyevo||Arvo Part||King's Singers||King's Singers Christmas||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Cantate Domino||Arvo Part||Theatre of Voices||Arvo Part - De Profundis||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Cantate Domino canticum novum||Arvo Part||Arvo Part||Collected Choral Works||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Credo||Arvo Part||Theatre of Voices||Arvo Part - De Profundis||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Da Pacem Domine||Arvo Part||Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir||Arvo Part - Da Pacem||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Da pacem Domine||Arvo Part||Arvo Part||Collected Choral Works||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|De Profundis||Arvo Part||Theatre of Voices||Arvo Part - De Profundis||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|De profundis||Arvo Part||Arvo Part||Collected Choral Works||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Dopo La Vittoria||Arvo Part||Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir||Arvo Part - Da Pacem||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Dopo la Vittoria||Arvo Part||Elora Festival Singers||Arvo Part - Music for Unaccompanied Choir||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Dopo la vittoria||Arvo Part||Arvo Part||Collected Choral Works||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Dopo La Vittoria||Arvo Part||Swedish Radio Choir||Voices Of Nature||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Gebet nach dem Kanon||Arvo Part||Arvo Part||Collected Choral Works||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Gloria||Arvo Part||Theatre of Voices||Arvo Part - De Profundis||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|I am the True Vine||Arvo Part||Elora Festival Singers||Arvo Part - Music for Unaccompanied Choir||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|I Am the True Vine||Arvo Part||Arvo Part||Collected Choral Works||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|I Am the True Vine||Arvo Part||Theatre of Voices||Part - I Am The True Vine||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|I Am The True Vine||Arvo Part||Swedish Radio Choir||Voices Of Nature||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Ite Misse Est||Arvo Part||Theatre of Voices||Arvo Part - De Profundis||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Kanon Pokajanen||Arvo Part||Theatre of Voices||Part - I Am The True Vine||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Kyrie||Arvo Part||Theatre of Voices||Arvo Part - De Profundis||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Little Tractus||Arvo Part||Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir||Arvo Part - Da Pacem||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Littlemore Tractus||Arvo Part||Arvo Part||Collected Choral Works||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|
|Magnificat||Arvo Part||Robert Shaw Festival Singers||A Cappella||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Magnificat||Arvo Part||Polyphony||A Christmas Present||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Magnificat||Arvo Part||Ars Nova Singers||A Shadow and a Dream||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Magnificat||Arvo Part||Seattle Pro Musica||Alnight by the Rose||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Magnificat||Arvo Part||Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir||Arvo Part - Da Pacem||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Magnificat||Arvo Part||Theatre of Voices||Arvo Part - De Profundis||1 CD||MORE DETAILS|
|Magnificat||Arvo Part||Arvo Part||Collected Choral Works||Songbook||MORE DETAILS|