This is a truly superb introduction to the sound world of Arvo Part, with quality performances throughout, and many atmospheric and spine-tingling moments. This is smooth, langorous, meditative music, yet with Part's signature gently rising and falling refrains, bells tolling, partly reminiscent of the ebb and flow of the sea. However, some pieces have a more edgy, lively register, including the opening 'Fratres' for violin and piano. Although all the pieces here have a very accessible, refined melodic heart, and the playing on this album is of a very high standard indeed, some of the outstanding pieces for me include the moving 'Cantus in Memorium Benjamin Britten', with its wistful tolling bell, the violin/piano piece 'Spiegel im Spiegel' which is now much used in soundtracks and adverts, and the memorably haunting 'Ludus' and 'Silentium' with its haunting 'underwater' soundworld and addictive prepared piano. A wonderfully rich selection, superbly performed.