Magazine article Gramophone

Part's Da Pacem, Domine

Magazine article Gramophone

Part's Da Pacem, Domine

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Three recordings that came before Stephen Layton's, and how Gramophone rated them

NOVEMBER 2005

Part Da pacem. Domine

Hilliard Ensemble/Andrey Boreyko

ECM New Series (F) 476 3048

(43' * DDD)

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In Da pacem, Domine (2004), for which Sarah Leonard extends the Hilliard Ensemble's range, Part takes a ninth-century antiphon as his starting point, floating the serene, radiant lines of this prayer for peace with characteristic airy grace, slowly opening up the textures and exploring some tart harmonies before returning to a final consoling chord.

Barry Witherden

AWARDS 2006

Part Da pacem, Domine

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Paul Hillier

Harmonia Mundi (F) HMU90 7401

(65' * DDD)

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Given the strict limits on the materials and techniques that Part permits himself, it is remarkable that his work continues to sound fresh and original. This beautiful release is another compelling illustration of the emotional and textural intensity central to his art. …

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