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Pro & Contra. Truls Mørk; Ellerhein Girls' Choir; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi

Academic journal article Notes

Pro & Contra. Truls Mørk; Ellerhein Girls' Choir; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi

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Arvo Part. Pro & Contra. Truls M0rk; Ellerhein Girls' Choir; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi. Virgin Classics 5 45630 2, 2004.

Most American listeners were first exposed to the work of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt when the ECM label released a collection of his compositions under the title Tabula Rasa (817 764-2, 1984). For the most part, these were quiet, if intense and spiritual compositions, and were characterized by repetitive patterns and relatively static harmonic movement. Part was quickly lumped into the minimalist school, and he found a significant listenership in the United States. Later releases of Part's choral works, particularly his Passion setting Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem (ECM 837 109-2, 1988) and Miserere (ECM 847 539-2, 1990), confirmed the popular perception of him as both a mystic and a post-minimalist. Those listeners whose understanding of Part was formed by those and similar recordings will be surprised by the material contained on this disc, all of which was written during the late 1950s and 1960s, during and shortly after his studies at the Tallinn Conservatory. …

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