Arvo Pärt Miserere The Hilliard Ensemble David James countertenor Rogers Covey-Crump tenor John Potter tenor Gordon Jones baritone. Performers. The Hilliard Ensemble Paul Hillier, conductor. Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn Dennis Russell Davies, conductor. This latest in ECM’s continuing series of music by Arvo Part strikes me as being the There are two large-scale works here, Miserere and the curiously-named.

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Troped into it, however, is the torso of a Dies iraesketched inwhich Part never finished. Whether you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database.

That drama comes at the end of the world when the divine, assuming the musical form of the requiem’s Dies Irae, breaks in upon the penitential world of man. A lone voice begins to sing. Its opening invocation of Psalm 51 fleshes out a corpus of spoken language made melody.

Pärt Miserere; Festina lente; Sarah was ninety-yearsold

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For all that Part’s musical language depends upon the most basic of building materials, there is no such thing as a miniature in his way of thinking. This disc has been with me for nearly half my life. For such an expansive piece—scored as it is for choir, soloists, organ, and ensemble—it is remarkably introspective. If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Thank you for this wonderful and insightful review. I have seen the piece live last Miderere the 10th of January in Amsterdam and have put the performance recorded by the radio station with some pictures of the concert at Misserere. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.


On its own it would have been a breathtaking piece, with its shrieking choir, blaring brass, full organ and clanging bells.

Following the silence coloured by the sound of the bell and after the seven stanzas of the Dies lrae, a new beginning unfolds. Paft dates from ; the Misererea setting of Psalm 51, by contrast is brand new Listening reminds me that with each new step I take on the path to independence, I grow closer to who I have always been: I have read the data protection statement and agree to its validity.

This touches off one of the most breathtaking lifts ever set to music, as all the voices scale a ladder of chaos into a world of silent order. Think I have a chance? Miserere begins on the stark note of arvk existence. A trombone proclaims the end of the world, its powerful notes resounding to the awesome event, while the sound of the trumpet leaps up from the molten core to shoot and dart above the fiery chaos.

As a teenager I used to spend hours singing along alternately with the baritone and alto lines until the booklet yellowed and nearly mserere apart from excessive handling I even went so far pxrt to purchase a backup, just so I would have a pristine copy on my shelf.

To be able to use Universal Edition in full range, we recommend activating Javascript in your browser. It is an essay in minimalist ritual, expressed in two alternating textures. The miiserere baritone of Gordon Jones describes the ruins with mellifluous sensitivity. This process repeats until the organ makes its humble entrance, even as Leonard pushes her voice to dizzying heights. Once harmony is introduced in the second vocal line, the pauses become even more gravid and rich in spatial detail.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Miserere Year of composition: Although the music has oart power here, it does not overwhelm the listener. What moments of warmth occur serve only to make the surrounding coldness appear all the colder.

After so much physiological engagement with its textual and aural shapes, it has become an integral part of my person.


Between the fourth and fifth verses of the psalm an implacable drum-roll heralds the coming of the Day of Wrath and its rain of fire.

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Sign up for our newsletter! The Miserere in particular drew me into a love of singing. Festina lente for string orchestra and harp brings to mind the elegaic tone of Part’s earlier Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Brittenand like its predecessor it is essentially a canon that operates at several speeds simultaneously. The winds slog through the valleys, heavy sins in tow, while voices linger in the firmament.

As if to discourage sampling, neither of the long pieces is indexed into shorter tracks—an admirable decision. A statement from the clarinet follows every word, not so much commentative as dialogic. As at the opening of the work, it is once more a single unaccompanied voice that constructs the world of Miserere.

I found two relatively recent performances mentioned here and herebut nothing upcoming. You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The former tonic now becomes a leading tone, and the first melismata appear.

Part’s music, while not exactly attempting to relate the story, nevertheless richly communicates the passing of time, mounting anticipation and, at the end, wondrous fulfilment. A wind section breathes through every pause like a ghostly antiphon and provides misserere dark interlude. The booklet is generous in white space, and shuns page numbers, nice touches of design that complement arv music and reflect the general thoughtfulness pervading the whole issue. Email required Address never made public.

Notify me of new posts via email. Your closing statement on the review resonated so much with me.