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Bachtrack interviews Pärt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 März 2014

Arvo Pärt (c) Roberto Masotti

I do not see myself as a “choral” composer, though I have written quite a lot for choir.

It’s Choral Month on Bachtrack, and for that occasion the online magazine (and event finder) has conducted a short interview with Arvo Pärt, whom they revealed as the most performed contemporary composer of 2013.

Read the full article here.

Arvo Pärt’s messenger pigeon has landed in Zurich

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 März 2014

The Zurich Chamber Orchestra with Anu Tali, Nastja and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Nora and Arvo Pärt and Sergej Nakariakov (from left to right) at the Tonhalle (c) Thomas Entzeroth

Arvo Pärt composed his Symphony No. 4 ‘Los Angeles’ in 2008 and dedicated it to the imprisoned Russian Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The two of them met for the first time on 4 March 2014 at the performance of the concert given by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. The Estonian Anu Tali conducted the orchestra. A further highlight of the evening was the appearance of the world-famous trumpeter Sergej Nakariakov.

From the Zurich Chamber Orchestra’s press release:

Just after Putin released Mikhail Khodorkovsky in December 2013, Moritz Reissenberger, librarian and member of the artistic department of the orchestra, discovered the personal dedication to Khodorkovsky in Pärt’s score.

Nastja and Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Anu Tali, Arvo and Nora Pärt, Sergej Nakariakov (from left to right) at the Tonhalle (c) Thomas Entzeroth“With my work I seek to hold out my hand to the prisoner and with him, to all those who are imprisoned, deprived of their rights, in Russia. I dedicate my 4th Symphony to Mikhail Khodorkovsky and wish him peace of mind, in spite of the situation in which he finds himself, all else is beyond my power. I do not know if Mikhail Khodorkovsky will ever hear my composition. Nevertheless, I hope that my messenger pigeon will one day reach distant Siberia.”

Musical experiences with the Ensemble intercontemporain

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 Februar 2014

Matthias Pintscher (c) Edouard CaupeilThe Ensemble intercontemporain (cond. Matthias Pintscher) will perform Pierre Boulez’ Messagesquisse on 9 February as part of their second Turbulences Week-End. Also on the programme: Wolfgang Rihm’s Tutuguri VI (Kreuze), conducted by Michel Cerutti and performed by students of the Conservatoire de Paris.

World première of Swan Song

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 Januar 2014

Marc Minkowski, Arvo Pärt and Matthias Schulz (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch
Marc Minkowski, Arvo Pärt and Matthias Schulz of the Stiftung Mozarteum at the dress rehearsal for yesterday’s world première of Swan Song at the Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg.

A recording of the concert will be broadcast by Ö1 on 9 February at 11:03am. Listen live.

View the full study score of Swan Song.

Arvo Pärt: Swan Song
Wiener Philharmoniker, cond. Marc Minkowski
Mozart Week Salzburg; recording of the world première on 29 January, Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg
Ö1 | Listen live
Sunday, 09.02.2014, 11:03

 

Rehearsals with Dennis Russell Davies and Arvo Pärt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 Januar 2014

Arvo Pärt, Dennis Russell Davies (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Arvo Pärt, Dennis Russell Davies (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschDennis Russell Davies and Arvo Pärt with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz at today’s rehearsals for Pärt’s Symphony No. 4 ‘Los Angeles’.

The piece will be performed today at the Brucknerhaus in Linz and on 31 January at the Musikverein, Vienna.

Arvo Pärt: Symphony No. 4 ‘Los Angeles’
for string orchestra, harp, timpani and percussion | 34'
timp, perc(2–4), hp, str
27.01.2014, Brucknerhaus, Linz
31.01.2014, Musikverein, Vienna
Bruckner Orchestra Linz, cond. Dennis Russell Davies

Arvo Pärt: Best Choral Performance

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 Januar 2014

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch
Congratulations to Arvo Pärt and Tõnu Kaljuste: Adam's Lament (released under the ECM New Series) has won the Grammy for Best Choral Performance. The performers on the recording are the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Vox Clamantis, Sinfonietta Riga, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, soloists Tui Hirv and Rainer Vilu.

 

Adam’s Lament nominated for Best Classical Composition

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 Dezember 2013

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschArvo Pärt’s Adam’s Lament has been nominated for Best Classical Composition and for Best Choral Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Furthermore Manfred Eicher, producer of the ECM New Series recording of Adam’s Lament, is nominated as Producer of the Year, Classical.

Congratulations!

In Memory of Benjamin Britten

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 November 2013

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, score; Universal Edition Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, score; Universal Edition
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, score; Universal Edition

In the past years we have had many losses in the world of music to mourn. Why did the date of Benjamin Britten’s death – 4 December 1976 – touch such a chord in me?

During this time I was obviously at the point where I could recognize the magnitude of such a loss. Inexplicable feelings of guilt, more than that even, arose in me. I had just discovered Britten for myself. Just before his death I began to appreciate the unusual purity of his music – I had had the impression of the same kind of purity in the ballads of Guillaume de Machaut. And besides, for a long time I had wanted to meet Britten personally – and now it would not come to that.

Arvo Pärt

Celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten, here are the first three pages of Arvo Pärt’s autograph of Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten (Cantus Benjamin Britteni mälestuseks), a piece commemorating the great English composer.You can click on the images to see high resolution zoomable scans.

By the end of this day, the piece will have been performed more than 1150 times in the last 20 years, there are more than 150 entries in our performance database for 2013 alone.

Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving for Church Music in Holborn

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 Oktober 2013

The Parish Church of Saint Alban the Martyr, HolbornOn Sunday, October 27th 2013, the Church of Saint Alban Holborn in London has its annual Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving for Church Music. Each year, a different composer is chosen for this service, and this year it is Arvo Pärt. Among the pieces performed will be the Berliner Messe and The Beatitudes.

Find out more on the church’s homepage.

Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe
for mixed choir or soloists (SATB) and organ | 25'
Arvo Pärt: Cantate Domino canticum novum
for mixed choir or soloists (SATB) and organ | 3'
Arvo Pärt: The Beatitudes
for mixed choir (SATB) and organ | 7'
Arvo Pärt: O Morgenstern from 7 Magnificat-Antiphonen
for mixed choir a cappella | 15'
Arvo Pärt: Pari intervallo
for organ | 6'
27.10.2013, Church of Saint Alban Holborn, London; Edward Batting, org; Curch of Saint Alban Holborn Choir

Contemporary music month on bachtrack

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 Oktober 2013

Arvo Pärt (c) Roberto MasottiOctober is bachtrack’s contemporary music month, and it is great to see that Arvo Pärt is featured in the special on Minimalists, and that Pierre Boulez – together with Stockhausen, Berio, and others – is regarded as one of conemporary music’s “Cutting-Edge Heavyweights”: A generation of composers growing up amongst the carnage of Hitler’s Europe [that] turned their faces away from the traditional language of music, which seemed forever tainted by that world, in search of a new musical grammar.

Boulez on Boulez:

Arvo Pärt on Soundstreams

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 Oktober 2013

Arvo Pärt on Soundstreams
Today, 1 October, the Canadian premières of Arvo Pärt’s L’abbé Agathon and Adam’s Lament take place, the whole concert will be streamed live. Tõnu Kaljuste conducts soprano Shannon Mercer and the Choir 21 at the Koerner Hall in Toronto.

Find out more on Soundstreams.

“I believe as a countertenor you need to have a stable psyche”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 September 2013

Andreas Scholl c. James McMillan for DeccaThere's a certain kind of modesty, and the willingness to take a risk in reducing the composotorial tools, to focus on the essence of the piece.

Andreas Scholl, world-famous countertenor, recently gave an interview to the Australian daily newspaper The Age, talking about his upcoming performances at the City Recital Hall in Sidney on October 4, 5, 8 and 9 with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Among the works performed will be Arvo Pärt’s Wallfahrtslied, Es sang vor langen Jahren, Alfred Schnittke’s String Quartet No. 3 and pieces by Vivaldi and Bach.

On the strings: Helena Rathbone, vln; Rebecca Chan, vln; Christopher Moore, vla; Timo-Veikko Valve, vlc; Maxime Bibeau, cb  

Find the full article on The Age.

The Dublin Guitar Quartet on tour

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 September 2013

The Dublin Guitar Quartet

The Dublin Guitar Quartet is currently on an Irish tour (further performances on 28 September and 05 and 06 October), which will be followed by an exensive tour through America.

The quartet is promoting its new album (which focuses on the music of Philip Glass), music by Glass, Reich, Ligeti, and Pärt will be performed on their tour.

Watch a live video of the Dublin Guitar Quartet playing Pärt’s Summa:

Visit the Dublin Guitar Quartet website.

Tabula Rasa - animated

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 19 September 2013

A great opportunity to listen to Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa once more – not to spoil it with too many words, here is the video, without further ado: enjoy this 3D projection video, created by Bordos.ArtWorks.

The projection took place in Târgu Mureș in Romania on 8 September 2013 during the 100 years anniversary of the Palace of Culture.

The artist about the projection:

“The story of this projection was inspired by the beautiful stained glass inside the Palace. Especially the legend of Kata Kadar who drown in a lake. During this projection we remembered her and revived her up for a moment. The great music of Arvo Pärt was a great inspiration as well.”

Fratres in New London

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 September 2013

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschThe United States Coast Guard Band performs Arvo Pärt’s Fratres for chamber ensemble this Sunday, 15.09.2013, for free at the Leamy Concert Hall, New London.

Find out more on their homepage.

Arvo Pärt: Fratres
for chamber ensemble | 10'
1 1 1 1 - 1 0 0 0 - perc, str(1 1 1 1 1)
15.09.2013, Leamy Concert Hall, New London; United States Coast Guard Band