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ARVO PÄRT  

(b 1935 )

A native of Estonia, Arvo Pärt at first wrote in a style perceptibly influenced by Russian composers. Having then explored the 12-note system through the 1960s, he developed his own tonal technique which he calls ‘tintinnabuli’ (after the bell-like impression of notes in a triad). This technique has been employed in many works since, which are often coloured by the influence of early musical traditions and Pärt’s deep religious feeling.

Orchestral Music

In 1976 Pärt wrote a moving tribute to Benjamin Britten, Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra and bell. His cello concerto Pro et contra and three symphonies reflect the course his music has taken. Tabula Rasa is in the form of a double violin concerto, while Collage über BACH represents an earlier period of his work.

Chamber Music

A wind Quintettino of 1965 was followed in 1977 by the interesting chamber work Fratres (subsequently arranged for various alternative instrumental combinations) and in 1978 by Spiegel im Spiegel (‘Mirror in the Mirror’) for viola and piano (also arranged for cello and piano).

Vocal and Choral Music

Pärt has made a particularly strong impression with works such as his Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Johannem (St John Passion), his Stabat mater for three solo voices and string trio, his Miserere of 1989, and the Biblical Sarah was 90 Years Old. Triodion marked the 150th anniversary of the foundation of Lancing College, and other commissions range from I am the True Vine for Norwich Cathedral to Dopo la vittoria for the 1,600th anniversary of the death of St Ambrose. His Berlin Mass was commissioned for the 90th German Catholic Day and his Magnificat by the German Musikrat.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
GLASS Of Beauty and Light (US Version) Naxos 8.503202
PÄRT The Silence of Being Naxos 8.506015

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AVE MARIA - Les plus beaux Ave Maria et chants a la Vierge (The Most Beautiful Ave Marias and Songs to the Virgin) Naxos
8.570886-87
Choral - Sacred
BALTIC ORGAN MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-561
Instrumental
BRITTEN: Orchestral Music BIS
BIS-CD-420
Orchestral
Cello Duet Arrangements (A Tale of Two Cellos) (Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, Lenehan) Naxos
8.573251
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - HARRISON, M. / BACH, J.S. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / PART, A. (Time Loops) (Beiser, Harrison, MacDonald, Nunez) Cantaloupe Music
CA-21086
Chamber Music
Choral Concert: Maria Choir - ALFVEN, H. / WIDEEN , I. / GUNNEFLO, K.-G. / STRANDSJO, G. / LIDHOLM, I. / PART, A. (Omnes Gentes) Proprius
PRCD9084
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Orphei Drangar - KREEK, C. / EESPERE, R. / LEMBA, A. / SODERMAN, A. / SANDSTROM, S.-D. / ORBAN, G. (De Profundis) BIS
BIS-2053
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Schola Cantorum Reykjavík - MACMILLAN, J. / TAVENER, J. / LEIFS, J. / LAURIDSEN, M. / WHITACRE, E. / PÄRT, A. (Meditatio) BIS
BIS-2200
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: South West German Radio Vocal Ensemble - BRITTEN, B. / PÄRT, A. / KAMINSKI, H. / POULENC, F. (Songs of Heaven) SWR Klassik
SWR19015CD
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Vox Humana - WHITACRE, E. / PAULUS, S. / CHILDS, D.N. / PART, A. / TAVENER, J. / BETINIS, A. / LAURIDSEN, M. (Into the Night) Naxos
8.572511
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - CEDERBERG-ORRETEG, A. / WHITACRE, E. / WELIN, K.-E. / SANDSTROM, S.-D. (Swedish Choral Society, Vol. 6) (Sjokvist) Naxos
8.572535
Choral - Sacred
Choral Recital: Boston Trinity Church Choir - BIEBL, F.X. / TAVENER, J. / PART, A. / DIRKSEN, R.W. (Radiant Light - Songs for the Millennium) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-93191
Choral - Sacred
Classical Chill Naxos
8.520101
Orchestral
CLASSICAL MEDITATION Naxos
8.570364-65
Choral - Sacred
CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATER OF TAIWAN: Bamboo Dream (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100379
Dance Documentary
CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATER OF TAIWAN: Bamboo Dream (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100378
Dance Documentary
DEAN: Winter Songs / NIELSEN: Wind Quintet / PART: Quartettino BIS
BIS-CD-1332
Chamber Music
EASTER ALBUM (AN) Naxos
8.570175-76
Choral - Sacred
INTIMACY OF CREATIVITY (The) - 5 Year Retrospective (Hong Kong Philharmonic, Bright Sheng) Naxos
8.573614-15
Orchestral
MARTINSSON / PART / TAMBERG: Trumpet Concertos BIS
BIS-CD-1208
Concertos
MYSTIC CLASSICS - Visionary Choral and Orchestral Masterpieces Naxos
8.570225-26
Choral - Sacred
MYSTIC VOICES - Divine Music from the Heavens Naxos
8.570169-70
Choral - Sacred
NYSTEDT, K.: Stabat Mater / HUMMEL, B.: Abschied / PART, A.: Nunc dimittis / BARBER, S.: Agnus Dei (In Croce) (Berger, Kamer Choir, Sirmais) Solo Musica
SM120
Choral - Sacred
PALSSON, Hans: I Doda Mastares Sallskap, Vol. 5 Naxos
8.554794
Instrumental
PART (Eternal) Naxos
8.578025
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
PART / VASKS / SCHNITTKE / KANCHELI: Time... and again BIS
BIS-CD-1392
Chamber Music
PÄRT, A.: Adam's Passion (R. Wilson, Kaljuste) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-10333
Classical Concert
PÄRT, A.: Adam's Passion (R. Wilson, Kaljuste) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20333
Classical Concert
PART, A.: Berliner Messe / Fratres / Collage uber B-A-C-H / Summa / Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten / Mozart-Adagio (Moscow Virtuosi, Spivakov) Capriccio
C67079
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Chamber Music, Orchestral
PART, A.: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten / ALLEGRI, G.: Miserere / WEBERN, A.: Langsamer Satz (Secret Classics) Delos
DE1031
Orchestral
PÄRT, A.: Lost Paradise (The) (Documentary, 2015) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20321
Classical Documentary
PART, A.: Mementoi / LA HELE, G.: Missa Quare tristis es / RIHM, W.: Caligaverunt oculi mei / Recessit pastor noster (Singer Pur) Oehms Classics
OC812
Vocal Ensemble
PART, A.: Piano Music - Piano Sonatine / Partita / Lamentate (van Raat, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Falletta) Naxos
8.572525
Instrumental, Concertos, Instrumental
PÄRT, A.: Spiegel im Spiegel (version for violin and piano) (Broman, Crawford-Phillips) Naxos
9.70214
Chamber Music
PART, A.: St. John Passion (Hillier) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100248
Classical Concert
PÄRT, A.: St. John Passion / The Early Years (Documentary, 1990) (Blu-ray) Arthaus Musik
109116
Classical Concert, Classical Documentary
PÄRT, A.: St. John Passion / The Early Years (Documentary, 1990) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
109115
Classical Documentary, Classical Concert
PÄRT, A.: Te Deum / Ein Wallfahrtslied / Berliner Messe / Dopo la vittoria (Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra, Dijkstra) BR-Klassik
900511
Choral - Sacred
PART: Arvo Part - A Portrait (KIMBERLEY) Naxos Educational
8.558182-83
Music Biographies, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
PART: Berliner Messe / Magnificat / Summa Naxos
5.110052
Choral - Sacred
PART: Berliner Messe / Magnificat / Summa Naxos
6.110052
Choral - Sacred
PART: Berliner Messe / Magnificat / Summa Naxos
8.557299
Choral - Sacred
PART: Cello Concerto / Perpetuum Mobile / Symphonies No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 BIS
BIS-CD-434
Concertos, Orchestral
PART: Fratres / Festina Lente / Summa Naxos
8.553750
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral
PART: Music for Unaccompanied Choir Naxos
8.570239
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
PART: Passio Naxos
8.555860
Choral - Sacred
PART: Spiegel im Spiegel / Fratres / Fur Alina BIS
BIS-CD-1434
Instrumental, Choral - Sacred, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Concertos, Orchestral, Chamber Music
PART: Tabula Rasa / Frates / Collage sur BACH BIS
BIS-CD-834
Orchestral
PART: Tabula Rasa / Symphony No. 3 Naxos
8.554591
Orchestral
Piano Recital: Levingston, Bruce - PART, A. / SATIE, E. / GROSS, A. / SCHUBERT, F. / CHOPIN, F. / BOLCOM, W. / GROSS, A. (Still Sound) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92148
Instrumental
RABINOVITCH / PART / PELECIS: Post-avant-garde Piano Music from the ex-Soviet Union BIS
BIS-CD-702
Instrumental
REJOICE - A Vision of Christ Through Music Naxos
8.570980
Choral - Sacred
SCHNITTKE / PART: Voices of Nature BIS
BIS-CD-1157
Choral - Sacred
SCHNITTKE, A.: Choir Concerto / 3 Sacred Hymns / Voices of Nature / PÄRT, A.: Dopo la vittoria (Bavarian Radio Chorus, Dijkstra) BR-Klassik
900505
Choral - Sacred
SEASONS (The) (Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet) BIS
BIS-2072
Chamber Music
SONIC REBELLION - Alternative Classical Collection Naxos
8.570760
Orchestral
STRINGS (Eternal) Naxos
8.578027
Orchestral
TUBIN / TUUR / PART: Chamber Music BIS
BIS-CD-574
Chamber Music
Violin and Piano Recital: Smietana, Alicja / Berezovsky, Evelyne - PREVIN, A. / GOULD, G. / BACH, J.S. / PART, A. Solo Musica
SM176
Chamber Music
Vocal Recital: Garajová, Eva - RESPIGHI, O. / STRAVINSKY, I. / PÄRT, A. / BODOROVÁ, S. / EBEN, P. (Ama me) ArcoDiva
UP0184
Vocal




 
 
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