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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

Happy Birthday Arvo Pärt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 September 2013

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric MarinitschHappy Birthday Arvo Pärt!

Arvo Pärt - Tabula Rasa, Universal EditionToday, 11 September 2013, the composer celebrates his 78th birthday, and Tõnu Kaljuste and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra dedicate a birthday concert to him at the end of the Nargenfestival’s Arvo Pärt days.

Among the works performed will be Tabula rasa, which had its world première more than 35 years ago in Tallinn (with Alfred Schnittke on the piano) and Spiegel im Spiegel for violin and piano.

Arvo Pärt: Orient & Occident
for string orchestra | 7'
Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
for violin and piano | 10'
Arvo Pärt: Tabula rasa
for 2 violins, string orchestra and prepared piano | 27'
Arvo Pärt: Trisagion
for string orchestra | 12'
11.09.2013, Tallinn; St. John's Church, Harry Traksmann, vln; Robert Traksmann, vln; Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann, pno; Leho Karin, vlc; Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, cond. Tõnu Kaljuste

Britten at the Proms

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 September 2013

Paavo Järvi (c) Chris ChristodoulouTim Ashley of The Guardian reviews the Prom 67, which was “subtle, electrifying and attain[ed] a tragic nobility”: Paavo Järvi conducted the Orchestra de Paris, with Arvo Pärt’sCantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten and Britten’s Violin Concerto – followed by Berlioz and Saint-Saëns – on the programme.

The full review is available on The Guardian.

Pärt at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 August 2013

Cello8ctet (c) Merlijn DoomernikThe Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, held from 6 July to 25 August, features a special programme that focuses on the music of Arvo Pärt and presents more than 15 works of the composer’s catalogue.

A highlight of this programme will be the Cello8ctet Amsterdam’s performance of seven works by Pärt, all of which he transcribed for 8 violoncellos.

Arvo Pärt on the ensemble: “The octet is a piece of gold, I discovered this group 10 years too late.”

Arvo Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen
for mixed choir a cappella
09/8/2013, St. Michaelis, Hamburg; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, cond. Tõnu Kaljuste

Arvo Pärt: Solfeggio
Arvo Pärt: Missa brevis
Arvo Pärt: Summa
Arvo Pärt: Psalom
Arvo Pärt: Da pacem Domine
Arvo Pärt: Silouans Song
Arvo Pärt: O-Antiphonen

for 8 violoncellos
10/08/2013, NDR, Hamburg; Cello8ctet Amsterdam

Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Arvo Pärt: Adam’s Lament
Arvo Pärt: Salve Regina
Arvo Pärt: Te Deum

10/8/2013, Hamburg, St. Jacobi; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, cond. Tõnu Kaljuste

Arvo Pärt: Für Alina
for piano | 2’
11/8/2013, NDR, Hamburg; Ulrike Payer, pno

Arvo Pärt: Lamentate
Arvo Pärt: Tabula rasa

11/8/2013, Hamburg, NDR, Rolf-Liebermann-Studio; Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann, pno; Barnabás Kelemen, vln; Ye-Eun Choi, vln; NDR Radiophilharmonie, cond. Tõnu Kaljuste


Arvo Pärt and the Cello8ctet in Amsterdam

Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel in the trailer of Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 Juli 2013

Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel is featured in the trailer of Alfonso Cuarón’s upcoming hollywood movie Gravity:

Aspen Music Festival features Arvo Pärt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 18 Juli 2013

Arvo Pärt (c) Roberto Masotti

Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten for string orchestra and bells and Spiegel im Spiegel for violin and piano will be performed at the Aspen Music Festival. This year, the festival in the Colorado Mountains runs under the theme Conscience and Beauty.

Here’s an excerpt of Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten:

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
for string orchestra and bell | 6’
21/07/2013, Benedict Music Tent; Aspen Festival Orchestra, cond. Leonard Slatkin

Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
for violin and piano | 10’
7/8/2013, Harris Concert Hall; Anne-Marie McDermott, pno; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, vln