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Arvo Part


Release Date: November 3, 2023

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1 Littlemore Tractus  
2 Greater Antiphons - O Wisdom  
3 Greater Antiphons - O Adonai  
4 Greater Antiphons - O Root of Jesse  
5 Greater Antiphons - O Key of David  
6 Greater Antiphons - O Morning Star  
7 Greater Antiphons - O King of all People  
8 Greater Antiphons - O Emmanuel  
9 Cantique des degres  
10 Sequentia  
11 L'abbe Agathon  
12 These Words  
13 Veni creator  
14 Vater unser  
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Tractus emphasizes Arvo Pärt compositions that blend the timbres of string orchestra and choir. New versions predominate, with focused performances from the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under Tõnu Kaljuste’s direction that invite alert and concentrated listening. From the opening composition Littlemore Tractus, which takes as its starting point consoling reflections from a sermon by John Henry Newman, the idea of change, transfiguration and renewal resonates, setting a tone for a recording whose character is one of summing up, looking inward, and reconciling with the past.

Tõnu Kaljuste, a long-time ally of Pärt, points out that much recent discussion with the composer has revolved around new approaches to the scores. Commenting on the wide-reaching and evocative repertoire brought together here, Wolfgang Sandner remarks in the CD’s liner note, “sound and silence, music and word always remain in dialogue in Arvo Pärt’s work. But the vocal and the instrumental too, the secular and the profane, complement each other. Liturgical ritual and spiritual concert are in exchange and form a context that points to a common origin.”

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