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Part: Passio

Part: Passio

1 Mar 2003

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar 2003
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:01:51
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  • ASIN: B001LZ7LQY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,835 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Nov 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a hauntingly beautiful account of St John's Passion, quite otherworldly. Compared to other composers, Part refuses to cheapen the piece with any melodramatic fireworks, instead simply letting the text and music convey the magnitude of the Passion, so more closely aligned to earlier mediaeval polyphony. (Indeed Tonus Peregrinus recorded St Luke's Passion in this manner, also on Naxos).
Thus unadorned, this is music with Part's trademark ebb and flow of melody, with appropriate pauses, to let the music breathe.
As a result, the overall piece is the more powerful, and deeply moving, for this restraint. Exquisitely sung,the transcendent beauty of the waves of music have both a deep sadness, yet a healing tranquillity at their heart. This is music which reaches out beyond the boundaries of specific religion, offering redemption to all faithful listeners. An arresting and haunting composition.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R. D. G. Parson on 2 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was not familiar with Arvo Part's music before I heard this recording, but on the basis of this CD I am determined to hear not only more of his work, but also more of the artists, Tonus Peregrinus.
The music is indeed mininalist and ethereal, but imparts to the listener a sense of space, loss and desolation perfectly captured by Tonus Peregrinus' recording. The grand acoustics of the recording location compliment this well.
Listening to this piece makes all the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, and I would recommend the recording to anyone who likes music to stir deep emotions within them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. G. Mccarthy on 10 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening to Part's music for some time now, but this one had escaped me. I was stunned by this CD. It is unlike anything I've encountered in choral music. There is a commitment and gravitas in this music throughout, from start to finish (which is fitting given the subject matter of the music); it is music to be taken seriously, and it seems to point away from itself to God (or so it seems to me). I was listening to this whilst reading the gospel of John, and the music brought the words to life. I fully recommend this CD. It is very gentle music but has an awesome purity about it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A.K.Farrar on 22 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
... and the word dominates this outstanding performance.

You need to listen with the Latin text (and translation) in your hand - the subtleties of both the performance and the setting leap out at you if you do.

Giving the strong base voice to Jesus (a masterful performance here) rather than a tenor imbues the role with an authority rarely attained in other settings of the text; splitting the Evangelist into a quartet of voices gives a dynamism; collectivising the other 'characters' makes us all responsible for the events.

I am not a Christian - but this work moved me in a way only 'Bach' has managed to do before.

And at the price ... !
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