Part: Tabula Rasa / Symphony No. 3
 
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Part: Tabula Rasa / Symphony No. 3

17 Feb 2001 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 17 Feb 2001
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Naxos
  • Total Length: 52:33
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  • ASIN: B001LZOS10
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,386 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Davis on 27 Oct 2004
Format: Audio CD
This disc gives a good short introduction to Arvo Part's orchestral works. There are none from his early serialist period. His collage technique period is represented by Collage UBER BACH and his Baroque/Neo Classical period is represented by his Symphony No 3. His mature Tintinnabuli style is represented by his concerto for Violins and Prepared Piano 'Tabula Rasa'.

It is often said that his mature tintinnabuli (little bells) style is a radical departure, but what impresses here is that Arvo Part's muse underwent a steady development towards a point which is already being searched for in his earlier works. The composer is always concerned with finding a music in which simplicity and richness coexist. He is also audibly always seeking out the pure spring from which music comes: before any 'style' or 'school' has touched it. From the Collage to the Symphony to Tabula Rasa we hear a musical pilgrimmage in progress.

The Collage mixes Bach like, and indeed Bach quoting sections with a brief voyage into the richly chromatic beyond. Symphony No 3 is steeped in the Baroque, the Early Classical and the early 20th Century Neo Classical. There are other influences as well. The first movement is not far from some of Rautavarra's works while the second and third movements resonates with the music of several early 20th century English composers, which no doubt shows the influence of Choral music on the piece. Among others Vaughan Williams, Howells and Walton are not far away.

Now to the best known work here Tabula Rasa, actually first on the disc. It is divided into two, a propulsive first movement which incredibly simple musical means but a succession of amazing textures, then a slow second movement in which is music not so much falls away as gently unwinds.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sep 2010
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This album is a good introduction to anyone new to Part's distinct musical voice, or for those who wish to hear a different interpretation. The three pieces here demonstrate his musical development, with the earliest being his 'Collage uber Bach', which to my ears reminds me of serialist music with its discordant and apparent structural chaos. Happily it only lasts for 7 minutes. The other two pieces are his 3rd Symphony, and his 'Tabula Rasa' (blank page).
The Tabula Rasa is a two movement piece, Ludus and Silentium, and both are exquisite, featuring Part's rising/falling or ebbing/flowing refrain of simple melody, which washes over the listener, inducing a peaceful reverie, and overall sense of calmness. The Silentium, with the wonderfully hpnotic prepared piano, moves the music into an almost ghostly register, and gradually melts away into silence. I have these pieces in other performances, and feel that the Ulster Orchestra's interpretation is especially effective. In Ludus the performance has slightly more vigour than other more ethereal/spiritual interpretations, and manages to possess more 'life'as a result. Meanwhile, the pure clarity of the Silentium elsewhere is replaced by a more ghostly performance/recording, almost as if the sound is eddying from rolling fogbanks, with the prepared piano having a truly ghostly muffled presence. It reminds me of Gavin Bryars concept of the band on the Titanic playing as the ship went down, becoming ever more ghostly as she sinks beneath the waves. Atmospheric and arresting stuff.
The Symphony is both reasonably complex but very accessible and melodic. The bite of the brass section and percussion is very effective in the climaxes, and the whole piece almost glitters with the sharpness of recording/performance.
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By Florian Sandor on 24 May 2014
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Everything went well. Thx. The item was in perfect condition. Great sound, great musitians, great mastering, great CD. Thx again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5 stars to repertoire/performance, 1 to the sound 15 Jan 2001
By Daniele - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This time Naxos didn't make too happy. This cd is actually the perfect introduction to Part's music, featuring three of the four steps in the evolution of this composer. In the beginning Part was a stark, albeit very individual, serialist ( mercifully, this aspect is not documented here), then he began to introduce neo-classical elements in his music, with Bach' s severe spirituality as a beacon. This second phase ("collage" style) is documented by the masterful "Bach" collage, a piece that, despite the name, does not sound derivative or patchy at all. It's a little suite that somewhat sounds like Baroque, but at the same time sounds unmistakably modern, especially in the 2nd movement, which starts most gently and then starts to... how could I say? .. growl and snarl like a genetic mutation? (listen and you'll understand what I mean, I promise!) In the following phase Part entirely reverted to Neo-Classical manners, but in a sacred/ancient mood
more than baroque. Although clearly transitional, the 3rd sym. is very good, with a distinct Stravinskian flavour. Finally Part concentrated his styles in the current "tintinnabuli" style, here represented by the magisterial "Tabula Rasa". It's a piece in 2 movements, for string orchestra and "prepared" piano (which sounds like bells, hence the "tintinnabuli" word), where all the Part's better known trademarks are present: alternation of music and (expressive) silences, utterly refined string string textures, a rarefied spirituality and, above all, a sense of timelessness. I know some find it too "minimal" (i.e. boring), I think it's just music that requires a degree of emotional consonance. All the 3 pieces actually receive strong performances here: the Ulster Orchestra does not sound at all like a "regional" ensemble ( beatifully rich and disciplined strings) and their conductor is clearly attuned to the music's idiom. The problem is the recording: while warm and well-detailed, the sound is also excruciatingly hissy, in a way that actually reminded me of analog recordings, even if it's DDD. Weird, and too bad, since this is exactly the kind of music that needs digital silence and, unfortunately, the piece with the loudest hiss is just Tabula Rasa! Altogether a very good&cheap introductory issue if you want to know what Part is about, but if first-class sound is one of your priorities you should switch (like I did ) to the 20/21 Neeme Jarvi (a longtime Part advocate) disc. It has the same items, but it's played even better (one of the soloists is Gil Shaham!) and infinitely better recorded.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Doesn't stand up in comparison 12 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was the first recording of Tabula Rasa I had heard, and was absolutely blown away, until I heard the Gidon Kremer version on ECM. It's almost a different piece of music. The emotional tone on the ECM captures the extreme tension and beauty of the piece in a way the Naxos fails to do. Also, I know there is a prepared piano here, but I can't detect it -- the atmosphere is augmented immeasurably on the ECM where it is clearly audible. I have been on the whole extremely satisfied with Naxos recordings, but wonder now what I might be missing on others. The Collage uber BACH and 3rd Symphony here are stunning and not to be missed (but then, I haven't heard any other versions yet). Altogether a great introduction to Part's music at the price.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
excellent span of part's work 9 Jan 2001
By vic spicer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
my first thought was that i really don't need another version of part's classic tabula rasa. but at the naxos price, why not?
the performance of the title piece is superb, well up there with ECM recordings of the 80's which first introduced me to part's music.
the fun of discovery lies with the other two compositions- both are before part's signature tintinnabuli style, but still very enjoyable on their own terms. "collage uber bach" is alternately serene and angry. "symphony #3" (described in the liner notes as "transitional") is beautiful, but the liner notes mention another work of the same period that the composer had "withdrawn". argh.
as usual naxos has done a great job on packaging, liner notes and all the little details. my only complaint would be the short CD length, a mere 52 minutes.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One great work, two interesting attempts 18 Sep 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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The theological bent of Arvo Part, like that of John Taverner in England, puts me off, although it's the very thing that attracts his huge following. The air of hushed mysticism, reverence, and neo-medieval sanctity holds a superficial appeal, but I rarely hear substance beneath. It's like ecclesiastical dress-up. But if Part's mature style lays claim to a lasting work, Tabula Rasa must be it. Even in this fairly pedestrian reading on Naxos the listener's attention is held in a way that other advanced minimalists like John Adams also manage to achieve.

I actually bought this CD for Sym. #3, which riveted me in live performance at the Royal Ballet in Lodon. Without dancers, however, tPart's 'sound drama,' as the Amazon reviewer calls it, starts to flag, and the slack reading by the Ulster orchestra under Yuasa doesn't help matters. I don't understand the Amazon reviewer's swooning rave, but Part is a cult composer, and those who love his music are fierce in their devotion (as ditto Taverner). Of one thing there's no doubt: this is easily assimilable music whose sound world makes few demands.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Best Introduction to Part 1 Sep 2002
By David Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD offers a wonderful first introduction to the world of Arvo Part, covering the major styles and genres in which Part likes to work. Covering the span from his tintinnabulatory works to his mystic and spatial compositions.
Takuo Yuasa and the Ulster Orchestra do a phenomal job of covering the range of Part's music, moving from the rhythmic to the meditative with equal ease. Yuasa seems to have an instinctive understanding for the old-yet-new feel of Part, combining elements of minimalism, Orthodox liturgy, and Gregorian mass into a soulful and mystic web.
If you are not familiar with Part, this disc serves as an excellent introduction to his works, leaving room for further exploration into Part's other works, such as 'Te Deum' and 'Fratres'. It also provides a glimpse into the fertile ground of other Baltic-school composers, such as Vasks and Tormis.
The sonics are excellent, with a great sense of space, good imaging, and fine details. An absolute steal at this price.
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