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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Arvo Part - Da Pacem

Song NameComposer
Da Pacem, DomineArvo Part
Salve ReginaArvo Part
Zwei Salwische PsalmenArvo Part
Psalm 117Arvo Part
Psalm 131Arvo Part
MagnificatArvo Part
An Den Wassern Zu BabelArvo Part
Dopo La VittoriaArvo Part
Nunc DimittisArvo Part
Little TractusArvo Part

Directed by Paul Hillier

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.

Grammy Winner - Best Choral Performance - 2007

Item code: 8409C | 1 CD | $18.98 add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | Estonia

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