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UE newsletter May 2015: Robert Wilson and Arvo Pärt collaborate; a masterpiece at the ROH

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 May 2015

Universal Edition NewsletterOur latest newsletter is out now:

- Adam’s Passion by Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson is premièred in Tallinn

- Kasper Holten’s production of King Roger receives rave reviews at the ROH and will be streamed live

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Adam’s Passion: a first trailer

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 May 2015

Theatre magician Robert Wilson is paying homage to Arvo Pärt with the première of Adam’s Passion, which will be performed for the first time on 12 May in Tallinn.

For this project, the composer selected three major compositions from his oeuvre: the two choral works Adam’s Lament and Miserere, and the double violin concerto Tabula rasa. This is joined by Sequentia, a new work composed especially for Adam’s Passion.

Simultaneously, a television documentary is being filmed. You can watch a trailer on the website of accentus music:

accentus music trailer

Arvo Pärt – Out of Silence

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 April 2015

Out of SilenceMany of us have written about Pärt, but one thing was missing, the view from within the Orthodox Christian tradition that has guided Pärt's work since the 1970s. This has now been provided by Peter Bouteneff, writing with clarity, precision, and the graceful authority of one who knows what he is talking about. (Paul Hillier)

“Arvo Pärt – Out of Silence” by Peter Bouteneff was recently published by SVS Press. Find out more on the publisher’s website.

Painter and artist Satsuki Shibuya, who designed the cover of the book, has written a short blog entry about the publication which you can find here.

‘Tabula Rasa’ voted Estonia’s best classical album of all time

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 April 2015

ECM New Series: Tabula Rasa

Estonia’s Classical Radio created a survey to find out which is the favourite Estonian classical album. 2,000 classical albums were available for voting, out of which 730 received votes. Four albums by Arvo Pärt made it on the top 10 Estonian classical albums as voted by the public, and even five albums were among the critics’ top 10.

Read the full article

UK première of Arvo Pärt’s Our Garden

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 March 2015

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

The UK première of Arvo Pärt’s cantata Our Garden for children’s choir and orchestra takes place on 25 March at the St John’s Smith Square in London and will be sung by Forest School’s Boys’ and Girls’ Senior Chapel Choirs, accompanied by the School’s Chamber Orchestra.

Find out more on the websites of St John’s Smith Square and Forest School.

★★★★☆: Tintinnabuli CD review – unblemished radiance

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 March 2015

Fiona Maddocks of The Guardian has reviewed the Tallis Scholars’ “Arvo Pärt: Tintinnabuli”-CD, which was released earlier this month.

Liner notes and excerpts of the album’s 23 tracks are available on the official release page on Gimell.

Find out more on our #ArvoPart80 blog:

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Carta Blanca for Arvo Pärt in Madrid

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 March 2015

Arvo Pärt during rehearsals with soprano Sylvia Schwartz and conductor John Storgårds
Arvo Pärt during rehearsals in Madrid with soprano Sylvia Schwartz and conductor John Storgårds

The Orquesta Nacional de Espana dedicates a retrospective to Arvo Pärt. The Spanish première of Swansong and a performance of Como cierva sedienta with Spanish soprano Sylvia Schwartz are among the highlights of the programme.

From 6 to 14 March, John Storgårds and Tõnu Kaljuste will conduct several orchestral works in Madrid, Arvo Pärt will be attending the festivities.

In principio. The Word in Arvo Pärt’s Music

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 January 2015

In principio. The Word in Arvo Pärt’s MusicTexts live their independent lives and they wait for us: each person has their own time for finding those texts. These encounters occur when the texts are no longer considered as literature or works of art, but as anchors or models. (Arvo Pärt)

Last Friday the Arvo Pärt Centre presented its first book “In principio. The Word in Arvo Pärt’s Music” in the hall of Estonian Academy of Sciences.

The book brings together 81 texts of Arvo Pärt’s works, complete with English translations. The works have been arranged chronologically, encompassing Pärt’s work over almost 60 years.

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

Photos from the presentation are available on the Centre’s Facebook page.

The Tallis Scholars: “Arvo Pärt: Tintinnabuli”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 January 2015

The Tallis Scholars: Arvo Pärt: Tintinnabuli; Gimell

It is with great pleasure that we present our tribute to Arvo Pärt in his 80th year. Tintinnabuli (from the Latin for ‘bell’) is the compositional style created by Arvo Pärt which informs every work on this recording. In all my searchings for inspiring contemporary music I have not come across anyone to rival him. (Peter Phillips)

The Tallis Scholars’ “Arvo Pärt: Tintinnabuli”-CD will be released on 2 March 2015. The official release page is up and running: visit the website of Gimell to read the liner notes and listen to excerpts of the recording’s 23 tracks.

The Tallis Scholars: Arvo Pärt: Tintinnabuli; Gimell

4th year running: Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 January 2015

Arvo Pärt with Dennis Russell Davies at the rehearsals for Symphony No. 4 ‘Los Angeles’ (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Placing 38th in the overall most performed composers’ ranking of 2014, Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer for the fourth time in a row.

Find the 2014 Classical music statistics on bachtrack.

There’s also an infographic of 2014 available.

The impact of Spiegel im Spiegel

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 January 2015

I feel that whenever I play Arvo Pärt’s music I do begin to go deeper within myself in order to try to create something of this spirituality that his music contains. So it’s almost as if you go inside yourself and you question who you are and how this music is bringing out different aspects.

The piece of music that I have almost the least to do is the Spiegel im Spiegel, but what I have to do is almost let go of myself. I think that being a vessel for this piece is a good way of describing it. (Tasmin Little)

In August 2011, BBC Radio 4 published a show exploring the impact of Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel on listener’s lives.

BBC Radio 4 has recently uploaded the full programme to SoundCloud, listen to it here:

Arvo Pärt 80

30 Years of the ECM New Series

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 December 2014

In 1984, ECM brought “a new sound into the musical world” with the release of Arvo Pärt’s “Tabula rasa”, the first album on the label’s New Series imprint which was subsequently rereleased as a special edition CD.

Tyran Grillo has written a short text on the history of the series for Sequenza 21. The full text is available here.

Follow our #ArvoPart80 blog.

ECM New Series: Tabula Rasa

 

 

Arvo Pärt interviewed by The Telegraph

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 December 2014

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

“Music says what I need to say. And it is dangerous to say anything, because if I’ve said it already in words there might be nothing left for my music.”

John Allison of The Telegraph has published an interview with Arvo Pärt. Find the full text on The Telegraph.

Arvo Pärt on Tintinnabuli

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 October 2014

Arvo Pärt plays the piano and talks about Für Alina and Tintinnabuli (the video is in German):

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Vox Clamantis pay tribute to Arvo Pärt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 October 2014

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On the occasion of the Gerhard Richter exhibition at Fondation Beyeler, the renowned Estonian Gregorian chant ensemble Vox Clamantis paid homage to Arvo Pärt this August.
The Fondation Beyeler has uploaded a video of the stunning performance on YouTube:

Pärt had dedicated his choral work Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fátima to Richter, which was performed for the very first time at the exhibition.

Adrian Searle of The Guardian has recently published an article on the art of Gerhard Richter. Richter on his Double Grey paintings and Arvo Pärt: “We tried to make something together. He wrote a composition, and I made these.”

Read the full article on The Guardian.