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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Miserere begins on the stark note of human existence. Email required Address never made public.

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One of my great hopes is to see Miserere performed misegere an ensemble live. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! The Miserere in particular drew me into a love of singing.

Later, the warm, deep tones of the bass clarinet begin to provide the first connecting links of sound. 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 miseree to shoot and dart above the fiery chaos.

There are two large-scale works here, Miserere and the curiously-named Sarah was ninety years old ; but even the piece they enclose— Festina lente —seems grander than its actual size, while the two longer works convey the impression of achieving truly epic dimensions. Miserer Artist Credits Sarah was ninety-years old. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

For such an expansive piece—scored as it is for choir, soloists, organ, and ensemble—it is remarkably introspective. The sober, chilling Miserere will surely win the wider appeal, and yet I admit to being even more awed by Sarah was ninety years old. Festina Lente for orchestra and harp is dedicated to Manfred Eicher. Its opening invocation of Psalm 51 fleshes out a corpus of spoken language made melody. Troped into it, however, is the torso of a Dies iraesketched inwhich Part never finished.


Pärt Miserere; Festina lente; Sarah was ninety-yearsold

Even if the full intricacy of the procedure reveals itself only on paper, there is a sense of mystical dialogue about the result that no one will miss.

I have seen the piece live last Saterday the 10th of January in Amsterdam and have put the performance recorded by the radio station with some pictures of the concert at YouTube.

Festina lente for string orchestra and arbo 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. Sarah dates from ; the Misererea setting of Psalm 51, by contrast is brand new 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. Thank you for this wonderful and insightful review.

The former tonic now becomes a leading tone, and the first melismata appear. 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.

A lone voice begins to sing. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. Miserere is one of my favorite works, but it seems few have written about it from what I can find. During this segment, the five vocal soloists haltingly repeat some of the miseere from the text sung by the choir, so that, after the descent expressed in thefirst seven stanzas of the Dies lrae interpolation, the listener is finally transported upwards.


Pärt: Miserere

The booklet is generous in white space, and shuns page numbers, nice touches of design that complement the music and reflect the general thoughtfulness pervading the whole issue. I would love miserers see the Miserere performed live, as it is also one of my favorite works, but as far as I know it is not performed often at least not in the States.

Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than misefere before. You captured the piece well, and put some of the feelings it conjures into poetic words. The additional eighth stanza, Rex tremendae, succeeds in gathering up the enormous tensions inherent in the Miserere. You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers.

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.

What moments of warmth occur serve only to make the surrounding coldness appear all the colder. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. A wind section breathes through every pause like a ghostly antiphon and provides a dark interlude. You are commenting using your WordPress.