October 10, 2013
Peter Bouteneff sends me word of the Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, the purpose of which is to work with the composer to explore the spiritual dimensions of his music. As part of this they are producing a series of concerts in May and June 2014:
Carnegie Hall May 31, 2014 (Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste - all Pärt repertoire)
Metropolitan Museum of Art / Temple of Dendur June 2, 2014 (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir - Kanon Pokajanen)
Please visit arvopartproject.com for more details.
September 20, 2013
EstDocs and Soundstreams present:
A Three-Part Arvo Pärt Musical and Cinematic Experience in Toronto
The renowned composer’s works will be brought to life through film screenings and live performances from September 20 - October 1
Alan Teder has supplied information about this Arvo Pärt music and film festival in Toronto. Complete details can be found here. Also, the Oct. 1, 2013 concert will be live streamed 8pm North American Eastern Time here. It will include the Canadian premieres of L'abbe Agathon and Adam's Lament as well as world premieres by Canadian composers Riho Maimets and James Rolfe.
September 11, 2013
Arvo Pärt has received the Archon title from Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. Click here for the English language report and here for the Greek language report. Click here for a photo from the event. Some background information on this title is available here. Thanks to Alan Teder for passing along this information.
September 03, 2013
Sunday October 27th 2013 at 11am is the annual Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving for Church Music at St. Alban's Holborn in London (Brooke St EC1N 7RD). Each year a different composer is featured for this service and this year it is Arvo Pärt. Their professional choir will sing the Berliner Messe, O Morgenstern from the 7 Magnificat antiphons, Cantate Domino, Beatitudines, and Edward Batting will play Pari Intervallo as a voluntary. Edward Batting will also be giving a short address in lieu of a sermon. This is a church service and therefore admission is free.
August 02, 2013
Here is some news about a new and unique recording of Stabat Mater. More information can be found on their Kick Starter page.
"This time for their new album Goeyvaerts String Trio turns to the emotional drama of noted Arvo Pärt and his world famous "Stabat Mater" complemented by the specially composed uplifting piece from Ivan Moody "Simeron". This time the trio collaborates with the best vocalists of Vox Luminis in the pursuit of translating the sorrows into the hopes of new beginning with a delicateness only Goeyvaerts String Trio can show. Unique technique Their radical focus on every musical detail will make this recording an experience that reaches far beyond. Behind the sober lines of Pärt's "Stabat Mater" they create a whole spiritual dimension. Using the technique of so-called "just intonation",the trio creates layers of sounds which lay on each other. This particular way of playing resonates with one's feelings immediately. It is just like the icon is drawn with a layer laid upon another layer, this composition is played sound wave gently laid upon another sound wave. And that explains the stunning effect their play makes - speechless you stand in front of both icons and their music... While the first composition will hypnotize you, Moody will lift you up to a new state of being."
June 19, 2013
The Three Choirs Festival is the oldest music festival in the world. They are celebrating their 300th anniversary in 2015 and the festival rotates annually between three cathedrals in the West of England: Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester. Many visitors stay for the week and enjoy the warm hospitality and unique atmosphere while taking in some of the world’s finest choral music. This year the festival is in Gloucester, from 27th July to the 4th August, and they are looking forward to the rare privilege of a personal visit from Arvo Pärt himself. He’ll be coming to the festival on the 30th July 2013 to hear his works performed in the beautiful and ancient space of Gloucester Cathedral. At 7:45 pm on the 30th July, the Philharmonia Orchestra with choral group Polyphony will perform Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten, and the Berliner Messe. Later that evening at 10:15 pm, Musica Beata will perform the Stabat Mater alongside works by renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo. On the 31st July at 11:00 am, bassoonist Jarek Augustyniak will perform Spiegel im Spiegel; and that afternoon the live BBC Radio 3 broadcast of Choral Evensong from the cathedral will include the Magnificat. ArvoPart.org readers can receive 10% off tickets for these two events by quoting "arvopart.org." The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am until 4pm, and the telephone number is (0845) 652 1823.
May 23, 2013
A short film from 1976 featuring portions of a Hortus Musicus rehearsal of Tintinabuli (Für Alina, Calix, and Modus in this excerpt) can be found here. The female voice at 7:22 reads from the composer's notebooks:
"The form must achieve a sense of infinity, and avoid repetition. Each link must breathe of itself."
"While continuously writing, your thinking in a musical language will evolve and change into an expressive form of being between the extremes of the peaks of sound."
"What is the worth of a single sound or word? Those thousands, which flow past our ears have dulled our receptors. Carefully associate (engage) within each sound, word, work."
The male voice at 8:42 says "Composer Arvo Pärt, his thoughts, and his work: "Tintinnabuli" (little bells). The Hortus Musicus Ensemble learns this opus which consists of seven separate works."
February 02, 2013
Top ensembles from The Hague combine forces in the Dutch Premiere of Arvo Pärt's ADAM'S LAMENT. Kamerkoor Kwintessens embarks on their most ambitious project to date, together with The Strijkorkest de Haagse Beek, they bring to The Netherlands the unique and powerful music of Arvo Pärt.How deep can a man regret the consequences of his mistake? Few have taken time to explore the emotional suffering the Biblical Adam might have endured as he, the “father” of mankind, had doomed his line to a life of earthly suffering. Perhaps even fewer have attempted to embody such depth of emotion into music--and absolutely none have succeeded as much as Arvo Pärt in writing “Adam’s Lament”, which premiered in Istanbul in 2010, viewed by music critics as his finest work to date. The piece has not been attempted since then, but some of The Hague’s best musicians have taken on the challenge to carve their in name Dutch music history by bringing the grandiosity of ADAM’S LAMENT to audiences in The Hague.“Thus did Adam lament, and tears streamed down his face on to his beard,on to the ground beneath his feet,and the whole desert heard the sound of his moaning.The beasts and birds were hushed in grief,while Adam wept because peace and love were lost to all men because of him.”
Included in the program is the exotic and captivating music of Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits. Kreek’s Notebook, also premiered here, is music like you’ve never heard before. Let Kõrvit’s music echo from the shores of Estonia and be touched by the beauty and sentiment of music rarely heard, and best experienced LIVE.Tickets are priced at €15 (advanced selling), and €20 at the gate. An English translation of the program is available upon request. For tickets and English language programs email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 27, 2013
Here is an informal review of the Adam's Lament CD by Angel Merisi.
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