conducts Arvo Pärt -
'... performances of the most wondrous beauty.'
Born in 1935, Arvo Pärt is not only Estonia's musical pride of the twentieth and 21st centuries, but also one of the cornerstones still alive of the present European musical scene. Indeed, although the composer is in his eightieth year — happy birthday Arvo — he is still active and turning out masterpieces of the utmost beauty, although with less frequency. Pärt's predilection for the voice and ancient church music have been consistent features of his output, and this magnificent three-CD set from harmonia mundi issued to celebrate this year's eightieth birthday brilliantly showcases Pärt's powerful communicative powers that penetrate the inner being of your humanity, leaving you almost petrified throughout.
This comprehensive survey of his choral music both 'a cappella' and with organ, plus a small number of some of his instrumental works, spans a period of about forty-five years, and demonstrates Pärt's rhetorical position as reflected in the way in which he utilizes text for music...
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