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Part: Passacaglia-The Kristjan Jarvi Sound Project

Magazine article Gramophone

Part: Passacaglia-The Kristjan Jarvi Sound Project

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'Passacaglia--The Kristjan Jarvi Sound Project' Credo. Dart ich.... Festina lente [a]. Fratres [a]. Fratres (in memoriam Eduard Tubin). Mein Weg. Summa. Passacaglia [a]. La Sindone [a] Anne Akiko Meyers vn MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Kristjan Jarvi Naive [F] V5425 (75' * DDD)

This is the fourth in Jarvi's 'Sound Project' series, and the first dedicated to a single composer. Arvo Part, in his 80th year, is an obvious choice, and the selection of works presented in this recording is refreshing in the way it traverses Part's career in a way that is not predictable. It begins with a rumbustious performance of Credo, which the performers clearly relish. This work is from the composer's collage period, built on the first prelude from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, and is a symbolic endpoint for that style, in which Part's own music is finally completely obliterated by the Bach. If that sounds unpromising to any admirer of the later Part, I must say that not only is it, together with the first three symphonies, essential to understanding the composer's creative trajectory, but is a hugely impressive work in its own right. …

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