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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 July 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 July 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

Passio in Amsterdam

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 March 2013

Arvo Pärt - Passio (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Standke

Some impressions of the performance of Arvo Pärt's Passio on 26 March 2013 at the Westerkerk in Amsterdam – including standing ovations.

Happy Birthday Keith Jarrett

Posted on 08 May 2012

Happy Birthday Keith Jarrett!

Here is our special edition rerelease of the legendary ECM recording of Arvo Pärt's Fratres by Gidon Kremer and Keith Jarrett from 1984.

Arvo Pärt Tabula rasa

John Adams conducts Pärt

Posted on 05 April 2012

John Adams

John Adams conducts Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten with the Los Angeles Philharmonic tonight.

The programme also includes Adams’ own Violin Concerto (with Leila Josefowicz as the soloist) and the US West-Coast première of Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 9.

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

Listen on SoundCloud

Total Immersion Arvo Pärt

Posted on 02 April 2012

Watch the BBC’s short film on their forthcoming Total Immersion Arvo Pärt, which takes place on 28 April at the Barbican in London.

View on YouTube

Arvo Pärt: Summa for Guitar Quartet

Posted on 13 February 2012

Watch on YouTube


Buy the CD of this beautiful arrangement here.

Buy the sheet music here.

Visit the Dublin Guitar Quartet website.

Happy Birthday Alban Berg

Posted on 09 February 2012

Alban Berg

Happy Birthday Alban Berg! He was born on 9 February 1885, 127 years ago today.

On this day in 1945, Frank Martin’s Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke was premièred in Basel by the Basel Chamber Orchestra and Paul Sacher.

In 1949, the orchestral suite of Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod was premièred in Baden Baden by the Radio Orchestra.

20 years ago today, on 9 February 1992, Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Eroberung von Mexiko was first heard at the Hamburg State Opera – Ingo Metzmacher conducted. Here’s a German introduction on the Deutschlandfunk radio website.

And on the same day in 1992, Arvo Pärt’s And One of the Pharisees ... was given its world première by Paul Hillier and the Theatre of Voices.

Christmas Radio

Posted on 23 December 2011

Before we disappear amongst the Christmas wrapping, here are a few tips for your listening pleasure over the holidays.

Pierre Boulez’ Notations are on Radio SWR2 tonight (Friday) at 8pm German time.

David Sawer’s Stramm Gedichte will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:45pm London time.

Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat is sung by the NDR choir tomorrow (Saturday 24th) at 7pm German time on Radio NDR Kultur.

Once the new year kicks off, listen to the Arditti Quartet performing Vykintas Baltakas’ string quartet b(ell tree) on SWR2 on Wednesday 4th January at 11pm German time.

French speakers might like to listen to France Culture’s Villes Mondes Vienne episode, which was first broadcast on 13th November and contains an interview with Friedrich Cerha.

Merry Christmas!

The Umbrella Man

Posted on 22 November 2011

The Umbrella Man

The peaceful beauty of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel underlines the narrative of this short film by Errol Morris, now available on the New York Times website.

In The Umbrella Man, Morris talks to Josiah “Tink” Thompson, the author of the book “Six seconds in Dallas”, about the assassination of John F. Kennedy 48 years ago today.

Who was the Umbrella Man?

Update 24.11.11: To play the video, you need to click on the image above, then click on the almost invisible 'Play' button in the bottom left of the image on the New York Times website, and then once again once the video has loaded ...

Arte Contemporanea per Arvo Pärt

Posted on 30 September 2011

Arvo Pärt, Photo: Roberto Masotti

AD LUCEM. Arte Contemporanea per Arvo Pärt

This Saturday (1 Oct) an exhibition of contemporary art dedicated to Arvo Pärt and curated by Angela Madesani opens at the Studio La Città in Verona.

A tribute concert will take place on Saturday 8 Oct with the composer in attendance.

stillspotting nyc with Arvo Pärt

Posted on 15 September 2011

stillspotting nyc

How do locals and visitors escape and find respite in New York, a “city that never sleeps”?

The Guggenheim Museum responds with stillspotting nyc, a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the museum’s Architecture and Urban Studies programming out into the streets of New York’s five boroughs.

For the second edition of stillspotting nyc, Arvo Pärt and the renowned architects’ studio Snøhetta collaborate on a series of stillspots around Lower Manhattan that explore the special relationship between space and sound.

Read more on the stillspotting website.