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Arvo Pärt: Miserere

The Hilliard Ensemble, Paul Hillier

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This recording shows a different side of Arvo Pärt's compositional work. The title composition has unusual instrumentation: winds and brass, choir and soloists, electric guitar, and bass guitar. The lyrics come slowly, one word per bar at a near pppp volume level. The text comes from Psalm 51, David's "Have Mercy on Me" psalm, before bursting like an apocalyptic fire into the classic "Dies Irae," a tremendous assault of holy terror best listened to in the dark by the fireplace. "Festina Lente" is a shorter work for strings and harp -- short, brisk, and entertaining, developed from a single melody. "When Sarah Was Ninety Years Old" is among the last of his "minimal" works prior to his development of his tintinnabuli style. A longer work complete with voices, organ, and percussion, it is nonetheless a programmatic work despite the lack of an actual sung text. This collection offers some of the diversity of Pärt's work on a single record.
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Miserere (Arvo Pärt)

1
Pärt: Miserere
Sarah Leonard
00:34:34

Paul Hillier, Conductor, MainArtist - David James, Counter-Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Arvo Pärt, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pike, Bass Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Michael George, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - John Potter, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer - Melinda Maxwell, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Archibald, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Leonard, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Birchall, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Manfred Eicher, Producer - The Hilliard Ensemble, Ensemble, MainArtist - James Woodrow, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Parker, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Roy Jowitt, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Forbes Henderson, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Western Wind Choir , Choir - Catherine Duckett, Bassoon, AssociatedPerformer - Donald Manson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Martina Becker, Soprano, AssociatedPerformer - Ariane Prüssner, Alto, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Leech, Tenor, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1991 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Festina Lente (Arvo Pärt)

2
Pärt: Festina Lente
00:05:37

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor, MainArtist - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Andreas Neubronner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Orchester Der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Orchestra, MainArtist - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1991 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Sarah Was Ninety Years Old (Arvo Pärt)

3
Pärt: Sarah Was Ninety Years Old
Sarah Leonard
00:25:39

Arvo Pärt, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Potter, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rogers Covey-Crump, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Leonard, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Favre, Percussion, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Peter Länger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1991 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

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This recording shows a different side of Arvo Pärt's compositional work. The title composition has unusual instrumentation: winds and brass, choir and soloists, electric guitar, and bass guitar. The lyrics come slowly, one word per bar at a near pppp volume level. The text comes from Psalm 51, David's "Have Mercy on Me" psalm, before bursting like an apocalyptic fire into the classic "Dies Irae," a tremendous assault of holy terror best listened to in the dark by the fireplace. "Festina Lente" is a shorter work for strings and harp -- short, brisk, and entertaining, developed from a single melody. "When Sarah Was Ninety Years Old" is among the last of his "minimal" works prior to his development of his tintinnabuli style. A longer work complete with voices, organ, and percussion, it is nonetheless a programmatic work despite the lack of an actual sung text. This collection offers some of the diversity of Pärt's work on a single record.
© TiVo

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