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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir|Schnittke & Pärt: Choral Works (2)

Schnittke & Pärt: Choral Works (2)

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Kaspars Putnins

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As Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt both adopted the Orthodox faith in the 1970s, Orthodox choral traditions became increasingly prominent in their work, but both composers also looked to the music of the Western church. Schnittke’s Three Sacred Hymns set three prayers, familiar in the West as "Ave Maria", the "Jesus Prayer" and the "Lord’s Prayer", and evoke Orthodox chant. His Choir Concerto, on the other hand, draws on Russian choral music of the 19th century and the tradition of large-scale concert works based on Orthodox choral music. The texts by the medieval Armenian poet Gregory of Narek are informed by a humanistic individualism, with the poet directly expressing his emotions and often writing in the first person.

In the case of Pärt, his detailed study of Orthodox chant caused him to develop his so-called "tintinnabuli" system of composition as an extension of the harmonic practices of Orthodox choral music. He wrote his Seven Magnificat-Antiphons in 1988, applying the tintinnabuli technique to texts from the Catholic liturgy in the German language – a striking East-West hybrid.

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Kaspars Putninš have combined sacred works by Schnittke and Pärt before, their previous release on BIS earning them a prestigious Gramophone Award in the Choral Music category. © BIS Records

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Choir Concerto (Alfred Schnittke)

1
I. O Master of All Living
00:15:25

Alfred Schnittke, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

2
II. This Collection of Songs
00:08:05

Alfred Schnittke, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

3
III. To All Who Grasp the Meaning
00:11:40

Alfred Schnittke, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

4
IV. Complete This Work Which I Began in Hope
00:04:58

Alfred Schnittke, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

3 Sacred Hymns (Alfred Schnittke)

5
No. 1, Hail Mary, Full of Grace
00:01:35

Alfred Schnittke, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

6
No. 2, Lord Jesus
00:01:21

Alfred Schnittke, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

7
No. 3, Our Father
00:03:38

Alfred Schnittke, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

7 Magnificat-Antiphonen (Arvo Pärt)

8
No. 1, O Weisheit
00:01:39

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

9
No. 2, O Adonai
00:02:01

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

10
No. 3, O Spross aus Isais Wurzel
00:00:57

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

11
No. 4, O Schlüssel Davids
00:02:25

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

12
No. 5, O Morgenstern
00:02:14

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

13
No. 6, O König aller Völker
00:01:22

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

14
No. 7, O Immanuel
00:02:44

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Kaspars Putnins, Conductor, MainArtist

(C) 2021 BIS (P) 2021 BIS

Album Description

As Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt both adopted the Orthodox faith in the 1970s, Orthodox choral traditions became increasingly prominent in their work, but both composers also looked to the music of the Western church. Schnittke’s Three Sacred Hymns set three prayers, familiar in the West as "Ave Maria", the "Jesus Prayer" and the "Lord’s Prayer", and evoke Orthodox chant. His Choir Concerto, on the other hand, draws on Russian choral music of the 19th century and the tradition of large-scale concert works based on Orthodox choral music. The texts by the medieval Armenian poet Gregory of Narek are informed by a humanistic individualism, with the poet directly expressing his emotions and often writing in the first person.

In the case of Pärt, his detailed study of Orthodox chant caused him to develop his so-called "tintinnabuli" system of composition as an extension of the harmonic practices of Orthodox choral music. He wrote his Seven Magnificat-Antiphons in 1988, applying the tintinnabuli technique to texts from the Catholic liturgy in the German language – a striking East-West hybrid.

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Kaspars Putninš have combined sacred works by Schnittke and Pärt before, their previous release on BIS earning them a prestigious Gramophone Award in the Choral Music category. © BIS Records

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