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Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir|Arvo Pärt: Da pacem

Arvo Pärt: Da pacem

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier and Christopher Bowers-Broadbent

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This collection of short works by Arvo Pärt features a cappella music and some lightly accompanied by an organ. Conducting the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is Paul Hillier, one of Pärt's most celebrated interpreters and the author of a book-length study of his music. Hillier came to Pärt from the field of early music, and in his notes he stresses affinities between Pärt and the composers of medieval and Renaissance eras. Pärt rarely uses music to directly illustrate the text, for example. Instead, just as a composer of five centuries ago might do, he selects a pitch environment and elaborates it through the placement and manipulation of sonorities. Hillier points out Pärt's liking for chains of first-inversion chords and for the so-called Landini cadence, linking those to music of the fourteenth century, especially in England. The comparison to pre-Renaissance English music is a good one more generally as well: Pärt can be very quiet, and his music does bring to mind, as Hillier says of the opening Da pacem Domine, stones placed with exquisite care in a Zen garden. But he also has a grand manner that can't be described as minimal; even in small-scale pieces like these there are moments where he brings forces together to heighten the music's intensity. The effect is like that of music by Leonel Power and the other composers of the Old Hall manuscript: stark, but also big at times. All this goes to show that Hillier, always a strong interpreter of Pärt's music, is superb here. The sound he obtains from the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is both beautiful and impersonal; he focuses not on the tonal conservatism of Pärt's music but on its structures and details. There is little sweetness, but there is an uncanny feel for the way the music slowly unfolds. Hear the composer's setting of Psalm 131 (track 4), the second of the Two Slavic Psalms, as it begins with subtle establishment of relationships among tones of a simple pentachord and builds a long ascent in intensity out of them. Other conductors may get a slightly more virtuosic interpretation of Pärt's tintinnabulation (bell-effect) technique out of their choirs, but none will have a better feel for where it fits in to the overall structure of a work. This is an excellent choice for anyone contemplating a first Pärt purchase as well as for those who have been following his career and its highly successful promotion on Hillier's part.
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Da pacem Domine (Arvo Pärt)

1
Da pacem Domine
00:05:45

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

Salve Regina (Arvo Pärt)

2
Salve Regina
00:12:51

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Christopher Bowers-broadbent, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

Zwei slawische Psalmen (Arvo Pärt)

3
I. Psalm 117
00:03:47

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

4
II. Psalm 131
00:04:05

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

Magnificat (Arvo Pärt)

5
Magnificat
00:07:12

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

An den Wassern zu Babel (Arvo Pärt)

6
An den Wassern zu Babel
00:07:14

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Christopher Bowers-broadbent, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

Dopo la vittoria (Arvo Pärt)

7
Dopo la vittoria
00:11:11

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

Nunc dimittis (Arvo Pärt)

8
Nunc dimittis
00:06:55

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

Littlemore Tractus (Arvo Pärt)

9
Littlemore Tractus
00:05:28

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Primary - Paul Hillier, Primary - Christopher Bowers-broadbent, Primary - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Paul Hillier, Conductor - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir

2005 harmonia mundi USA harmonia mundi USA 2005

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This collection of short works by Arvo Pärt features a cappella music and some lightly accompanied by an organ. Conducting the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is Paul Hillier, one of Pärt's most celebrated interpreters and the author of a book-length study of his music. Hillier came to Pärt from the field of early music, and in his notes he stresses affinities between Pärt and the composers of medieval and Renaissance eras. Pärt rarely uses music to directly illustrate the text, for example. Instead, just as a composer of five centuries ago might do, he selects a pitch environment and elaborates it through the placement and manipulation of sonorities. Hillier points out Pärt's liking for chains of first-inversion chords and for the so-called Landini cadence, linking those to music of the fourteenth century, especially in England. The comparison to pre-Renaissance English music is a good one more generally as well: Pärt can be very quiet, and his music does bring to mind, as Hillier says of the opening Da pacem Domine, stones placed with exquisite care in a Zen garden. But he also has a grand manner that can't be described as minimal; even in small-scale pieces like these there are moments where he brings forces together to heighten the music's intensity. The effect is like that of music by Leonel Power and the other composers of the Old Hall manuscript: stark, but also big at times. All this goes to show that Hillier, always a strong interpreter of Pärt's music, is superb here. The sound he obtains from the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is both beautiful and impersonal; he focuses not on the tonal conservatism of Pärt's music but on its structures and details. There is little sweetness, but there is an uncanny feel for the way the music slowly unfolds. Hear the composer's setting of Psalm 131 (track 4), the second of the Two Slavic Psalms, as it begins with subtle establishment of relationships among tones of a simple pentachord and builds a long ascent in intensity out of them. Other conductors may get a slightly more virtuosic interpretation of Pärt's tintinnabulation (bell-effect) technique out of their choirs, but none will have a better feel for where it fits in to the overall structure of a work. This is an excellent choice for anyone contemplating a first Pärt purchase as well as for those who have been following his career and its highly successful promotion on Hillier's part.
© TiVo

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