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The Very Best of Arvo Part

Fratres, Tabula Rasa,

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For newcomers to the work of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, this generous two-disc collection of performances from EMI's archive would be a good place to start exploring. The authoritative Pärt performances would probably be the premiere releases on ECM, produced by Manfred Eicher, but these performances are all of a very high quality and there is a handful of works that ECM has never recorded. Pärt's most famous works are here; there are three versions each of the ever-popular Fratres (for violin and piano, string orchestra and harp, and string quartet) and Summa (for mixed voices, string orchestra, and string quartet), as well as the version of Spiegel in Spiegel for violin and piano, Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten for string orchestra and bell, and the concerto for two violins and prepared piano, Tabula rasa. There is a good mix of choral, chamber, and orchestral music. English violinist Tasmin Little is featured prominently, in Fratres, Spiegel in Spiegel, and Tabula rasa, and the Chilingirian Quartet plays Summa and Fratres. The orchestral works are divided between the Bournemouth Sinfonietta led by Richard Studt and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra led by Paavo Järvi. The choral groups include the Vasari Singers led by Jeremy Backhouse, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, led by Stephen Cleobury, and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir led by Tönu Kaljuste. The performances are uniformly excellent; there's not a clunker among them. The sound, too, is top-notch, and perhaps surprisingly, given the variety of recording venues, it is remarkably consistent from track to track.

© TiVo

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1
Summa for Chorus
John West
00:04:58

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Jeremy Backhouse, Conductor, MainArtist - Vasari Singers, Choir, MainArtist - John H. West, Producer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1996 Parlophone Records Limited

2
7 Magnificat-Antiphonen: No. 1, O Weisheit (1991 Version)
John West
00:01:28

John West, Producer - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Jeremy Backhouse, Conductor, MainArtist - Vasari Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Mike Clements, Engineer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1996 Parlophone Records Limited

3
7 Magnificat-Antiphonen: No. 2, O Adonai (1991 Version)
John West
00:01:47

John West, Producer - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Jeremy Backhouse, Conductor, MainArtist - Vasari Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Mike Clements, Engineer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1996 Parlophone Records Limited

4
7 Magnificat-Antiphonen: No. 3, O Sproß aus Isais Wurzel (1991 Version)
John West
00:00:51

John West, Producer - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Jeremy Backhouse, Conductor, MainArtist - Vasari Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Mike Clements, Engineer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1996 Parlophone Records Limited

5
7 Magnificat-Antiphonen: No. 4, O Schlüssel Davids (1991 Version)
John West
00:01:49

John West, Producer - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Jeremy Backhouse, Conductor, MainArtist - Vasari Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Mike Clements, Engineer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1996 Parlophone Records Limited

6
7 Magnificat-Antiphonen: No. 5, O Morgenstern (1991 Version)
John West
00:01:55

John West, Producer - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Jeremy Backhouse, Conductor, MainArtist - Vasari Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Mike Clements, Engineer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1996 Parlophone Records Limited

7
7 Magnificat-Antiphonen: No. 6, O König aller Volker (1991 Version)
John West
00:01:49

John West, Producer - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Jeremy Backhouse, Conductor, MainArtist - Vasari Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Mike Clements, Engineer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1996 Parlophone Records Limited

8
7 Magnificat-Antiphonen: No. 7, O Immanuel (1991 Version)
John West
00:03:13

John West, Producer - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Jeremy Backhouse, Conductor, MainArtist - Vasari Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Mike Clements, Engineer

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1996 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Fratres (1980 Version for Violin and Piano)
Martin Roscoe
00:11:21

Andrew Keener, Producer - Tasmin Little, Violin, MainArtist - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Martin Roscoe, Piano, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1994 Parlophone Records Limited

10
Festina lente
Bournemouth Sinfonietta
00:06:07

Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Keener, Producer - Mike Hatch, Engineer - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Richard Studt, Conductor, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1994 Parlophone Records Limited

11
Spiegel im Spiegel
Martin Roscoe
00:08:15

Tasmin Little, Violin, MainArtist - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Martin Roscoe, Piano, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1994 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Magnificat
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:06:22

Simon Woods, Producer - Simon Rhodes, Engineer - Stephen Cleobury, Conductor - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1994 Parlophone Records Limited

13
The Beatitudes
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:05:56

Simon Woods, Producer - Simon Rhodes, Engineer - Stephen Cleobury, Conductor - Arvo Pärt, Composer - David Goode, Organ, FeaturedArtist - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1994 Parlophone Records Limited

14
Summa for String Orchestra
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
00:05:00

Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2002 Parlophone Records Limited

15
Fratres (1991 Version for String Orchestra and Percussion)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
00:09:29

Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2002 Parlophone Records Limited

16
Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
00:06:48

Paavo Jarvi, Conductor, MainArtist - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2002 Parlophone Records Limited

DISC 2

1
Tabula rasa: I. Ludus
Tasmin Little
00:10:54

Robert Aldwinckle, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Keener, Producer - Tasmin Little, Violin, MainArtist - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Richard Studt, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1994 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Tabula rasa: II. Silentium
Tasmin Little
00:16:19

Robert Aldwinckle, Harpsichord, MainArtist - Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Orchestra, MainArtist - Andrew Keener, Producer - Tasmin Little, Violin, MainArtist - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Richard Studt, Conductor, Violin, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1994 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Summa for String Quartet
Chilingirian Quartet
00:04:34

Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Chilingirian Quartet, String Quartet, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1994 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Fratres (1989 Version for String Quartet)
Chilingirian Quartet
00:11:50

Tryggvi Tryggvason, Producer - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Chilingirian Quartet, String Quartet, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1994 Parlophone Records Limited

5
De profundis
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent
00:05:33

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Tonu Kaljuste, Conductor, MainArtist - Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, Organ, MainArtist - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Limited

6
Cantate Domino canticum novum
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
00:02:42

Ene Salumae, Percussion, FeaturedArtist - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Tonu Kaljuste, Conductor, MainArtist - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Beatus Petronius
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
00:05:08

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Tonu Kaljuste, Conductor, MainArtist - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Solfeggio
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
00:04:03

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Tonu Kaljuste, Conductor, MainArtist - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Choir, MainArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Missa syllabica: Kyrie
Mati Turi
00:02:38

Arvo Pärt, Composer - Tonu Kaljuste, Conductor, MainArtist - Mati Turi, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Tiit Kogermann, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Limited

10
Missa syllabica: Gloria
Aarne Talvik
00:02:21

Evelin Saul, Contralto Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Aarne Talvik, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Tonu Kaljuste, Conductor, MainArtist - Vilve Hepner, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mati Turi, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kaia Urb, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Tiit Kogermann, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Limited

11
Missa syllabica: Credo
Aarne Talvik
00:06:43

Evelin Saul, Contralto Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Aarne Talvik, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Tonu Kaljuste, Conductor, MainArtist - Vilve Hepner, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mati Turi, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kaia Urb, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Tiit Kogermann, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Missa syllabica: Sanctus
Aarne Talvik
00:01:24

Evelin Saul, Contralto Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Aarne Talvik, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Tonu Kaljuste, Conductor, MainArtist - Vilve Hepner, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mati Turi, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kaia Urb, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Tiit Kogermann, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Limited

13
Missa syllabica: Agnus Dei
Evelin Saul
00:02:23

Evelin Saul, Contralto Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Tonu Kaljuste, Conductor, MainArtist - Vilve Hepner, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kaia Urb, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Limited

14
Missa syllabica: Ite missa est
Aarne Talvik
00:00:36

Evelin Saul, Contralto Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Aarne Talvik, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Arvo Pärt, Composer - Tonu Kaljuste, Conductor, MainArtist - Vilve Hepner, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Mati Turi, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Kaia Urb, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Tiit Kogermann, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2010 EMI Records Ltd. A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 1997 Parlophone Records Limited

Album review

For newcomers to the work of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, this generous two-disc collection of performances from EMI's archive would be a good place to start exploring. The authoritative Pärt performances would probably be the premiere releases on ECM, produced by Manfred Eicher, but these performances are all of a very high quality and there is a handful of works that ECM has never recorded. Pärt's most famous works are here; there are three versions each of the ever-popular Fratres (for violin and piano, string orchestra and harp, and string quartet) and Summa (for mixed voices, string orchestra, and string quartet), as well as the version of Spiegel in Spiegel for violin and piano, Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten for string orchestra and bell, and the concerto for two violins and prepared piano, Tabula rasa. There is a good mix of choral, chamber, and orchestral music. English violinist Tasmin Little is featured prominently, in Fratres, Spiegel in Spiegel, and Tabula rasa, and the Chilingirian Quartet plays Summa and Fratres. The orchestral works are divided between the Bournemouth Sinfonietta led by Richard Studt and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra led by Paavo Järvi. The choral groups include the Vasari Singers led by Jeremy Backhouse, the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, led by Stephen Cleobury, and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir led by Tönu Kaljuste. The performances are uniformly excellent; there's not a clunker among them. The sound, too, is top-notch, and perhaps surprisingly, given the variety of recording venues, it is remarkably consistent from track to track.

© TiVo

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