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Arvo Pärt at the reopening of the St Virgil's Chapel

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 December 2015

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Arvo Pärt’s Kleine Litanei for mixed choir a cappella was premièred by Erwin Ortner and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir at yesterday’s reopening of the subterranean St Virgil's Chapel Wien Museum.

Here are snapshots of the composer at the rehearsals for Kleine Litanei and sitting next to the Austrian first lady Margit Fischer at the world première of the work at the St Virgil's Chapel.

The next chance to listen to Kleine Litanei will be at the Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk on 16 May.

 

Duse premières in Hamburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 December 2015

Eleonora Duse, public domainDas Mystische, das, was fast nicht erklärbar ist, und der Entschluss, sich auf der Bühne nach einer gewissen Zeit nicht mehr zu schminken, das Innen nach Außen zu transformieren, die konsequente Reduktion von Dekoration auf der Bühne - das hat viel mit Arvo Pärt zu tun. (John Neumeier on Duse)

Alessandra Ferri dances the title role of John Neumeier’s new ballet Duse, which premières this Sunday at the Staatsoper Hamburg.

The ballet features music by Arvo Pärt and Benjamin Britten, Simon Hewett conducts the orchestra of the Staatsoper Hamburg.

Read a [German] interview with Neumeier on ndr

Presentation of Pärt’s Songs from Childhood

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 November 2015

On 21 October, the Arvo Pärt Centre together with Universal Edition presented Songs from Childhood at the Berlin Dussmann KulturKaufhaus in Berlin. Guests of honour were Arvo Pärt and Norbert Lammert.

We filmed the whole event, watch our video here:

Adam’s Passion on ARTE

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 September 2015

Adam’s Passion (c) Kristian Kruuser and Kaupo Kikkas

ARTE will broadcast Adam’s Passion this Sunday, 27 September 2015. The joint piece of Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson premièred earlier this year, on 12 May at the Noblessner Foundry in Tallinn.

Before Adam’s Passion, the The Lost Paradise will be shown, a 55-minute documentary that focuses on the preparation process of the piece. At the same time, The Lost Paradise offers a profound and intimate insight into Arvo Pärt’s world, following his life in Estonia and on business trips to Vatican and Japan over more than a year.

The broadcast starts at 23:25 CET/CEST.

Watch the live stream

Tétreault and Richard-Hamelin play Fratres

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 September 2015

ICI Musique presents a captivating video of cellist Stéphane Tétreault and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin as they perform Arvo Pärt’s Fratres – watch the video here:

You can read Frédéric Cardin’s article on Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday on ICI Musique.

“week-end Arvo Pärt” in Paris

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 September 2015

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Yesterday, Arvo Pärt rehearsed chamber works with the string quartet of the Orchestre de Paris at La Philharmonie de Paris. The rehearsals continued into the night with the choeur de l'Orchestre and the Orchestre de Paris.

Paavo Järvi and the Orchestre de Paris will honour the composer on 19 and 20 September with their “week-end Arvo Pärt” at the Philharmonie 1. Find out more here:

week-end Arvo Pärt

Happy 80th Birthday Arvo Pärt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 September 2015

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Arvo Pärt turns 80 today, 11 September – Universal Edition wishes him a very Happy Birthday!

We’ve recently talked to music journalist Michael Stallknecht, record producer Manfred Eicher, director Dorian Supin, conductors Tõnu Kaljuste and Paul Hillier, and others about Arvo Pärt and his music – the interviews are to be found on our MusikSalon.

It’s been an eventful year – if you want to get an overview of the many festivities, concerts, CD presentations etc., you might want to take a look at our #ArvoPart80 blog.

Arvo Pärt: Musica Selecta

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 September 2015

The video for ECM New Series’ “Arvo Pärt: Musica Selecta – A Sequence by Manfred Eicher” is out, you can watch it here:

24-hour Arvo Pärt radio marathon

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 September 2015

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

On 11 September, Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday, Helga Davis presents Toomas Siitan’s 24-hour playlist A World Apärt, a programme that originally streamed on 24 September 2014.

This year, the marathon will culminate with a live webcast of the New Juilliard Ensemble performing chamber works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur. Among the works performed will be Fratres, Spiegel im Spiegel and Wallfahrtslied.

Listen to the programme on Q2 Music

Issue No. 3 of our MusikSalon is out now

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 September 2015

MusikSalon

Issue No. 3 of our MusikSalon is out now and available for free!

We’ve dedicated our latest issue to Arvo Pärt – and interviewed music journalist Michael Stallknecht, record producer Manfred Eicher, director Dorian Supin, conductors Tõnu Kaljuste and Paul Hillier, and others.

Find out more on our MusikSalon

Pärt documentary: Even if I Lose Everything

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 July 2015 (comments: 14)

Arvo Pärt: Even if I lose everything

Arvo Pärt: Even if I lose everythingFilm director Dorian Supin has accompanied Arvo Pärt over the course of several years with his camera. The resulting documentary (working title: “Even if I Lose Everything”) will be premièred this autumn on the occasion of Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday.

The September issue of the Universal Edition MusikSalon, which will be dedicated to the composer, will feature a preview of the film as well as an extensive interview with the director.

Pärt and Richter at the Whitworth Art Gallery

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 July 2015

Richter, Pärt, the Whitworth (c) Jan Chlebik

Pärt’s singers repeat the same song, seven times in succession. Every time it sounds different. Richter’s four grey diptychs, hanging opposite the Birkenau panels, play a further formal game of similarity and difference (the paint hidden from us on the reverse of glass sheets). (Adrian Searle, The Guardian, 9 July 2015)

Arvo Pärts Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fátima has successfully been presented together with several works by Gerhard Richter at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. In the frame of the Manchester International Festival (2 until 19 July), Vox Clamantis performed Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fátima on 9, 10 and 11 July, for the rest of the exhibition, local choirs will present the piece. Find out more on the website of the Manchester International Festival.

Find reviews on the collaboration on the websites of The Guardian, BBC and The Telegraph.

Watch a video by the Manchester International Festival on the event:

Visit our #ArvoPart80 blog

BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week: Arvo Pärt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 June 2015

Arvo Pärt, Torino (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

The Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is nothing short of a musical phenomenon. He can lay claim to being the most popular of contemporary composers.

Arvo Pärt is this week’s BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week. Donald Macleod presents the series, the first three episodes carry the titles The Soundtrack of an Age, The Soundworld of the Composer and Silence Is Like Fertile Soil.

Find out more on BBC Radio 3

Arvo Pärt awarded the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 June 2015

This Monday, 15 June 2015, Heinz Fischer, the president of the Republic of Austria, ceremonially presented the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art – which is the state’s highest decoration for remarkable services in this field of activity – to Arvo Pärt.

The decoration has been awarded since 1955, and the fact that the number of its recipients is strictly limited, makes it special. There can be only 72 people wearing the decoration at the same time, half of which are Austrian citizens and half foreign nationals.

Find out more on the website of the Arvo Pärt Centre.

Arvo Pärt, Heinz Fischer

Watch an excerpt from the concert that was held during the ceremony:

Arvo Pärt honoured in Berlin

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 May 2015

Tõnu Kaljuste, Arvo Pärt, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Joachim Gauck (c) Raigo Pajula

A special concert was dedicated to Arvo Pärt yesterday, 19 May, at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and conductor Tõnu Kaljuste performed a composer concert devoted to Arvo Pärt which was organized as part of Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ state visit to Germany in honour of the German President Joachim Gauck and First Lady Daniela Schadt.

Find out more on the website of Estonian Public Broadcasting.