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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:

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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.

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:

#ArvoPart80

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.