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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Part & Passion
Perhaps a fellow reviewer was partly right in describing this recording as 'rough', but for me the unusual drive and extra muscle in this recording is both different and refreshing. I know that Part's music is best delivered in a reverent, hushed and very restrained manner (I have many recordings in this vein), but a performance which doesn't lack grit, or have all the...
Published on 28 Aug 2010 by Sentinel

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3.0 out of 5 stars Raw and rough-edged
This is a review of the performance on this disc (3 stars) and not of the music itself (4-5 stars).

If you like your Part raw and rough-edged, then this is the version for you. The playing is good, the interpretation sound, but there are some points where a re-recording would not have been amiss. Bela Nagy, the solo violinist is very good.

The sound...
Published on 30 Nov 2006 by Nicholas Casley


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Part & Passion, 28 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Pärt: Fratres/Festina lente (Audio CD)
Perhaps a fellow reviewer was partly right in describing this recording as 'rough', but for me the unusual drive and extra muscle in this recording is both different and refreshing. I know that Part's music is best delivered in a reverent, hushed and very restrained manner (I have many recordings in this vein), but a performance which doesn't lack grit, or have all the passion bled from it, is a welcome alternative.
Another strength of this recording is the development/reworking of the 'Fratres' theme across many variations, including strings, percussion,violin, harp; string quartet; cello and piano; eight cellos (!), and even wind octet. The quality of the playing may be a little rough in places, but there is compensation in the spirit of the playing, and the way in which the 'Fratres' piece develops through repetition and reworking to establish a haunting and almost mesmeric quality. The Benjamin Britten 'Cantus' and its tolling bells, seals this unusually passionate performance with an appropriately balanced tranquillity.
Perhaps not for those who insist on their Part in 'super smooth and restrained' mode, but a little variety can sometimes help us hear music anew, and other hidden aspects of its character. This is an inexpensive experiment, which may just surprise you!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Raw and rough-edged, 30 Nov 2006
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Nicholas Casley (Plymouth, Devon, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pärt: Fratres/Festina lente (Audio CD)
This is a review of the performance on this disc (3 stars) and not of the music itself (4-5 stars).

If you like your Part raw and rough-edged, then this is the version for you. The playing is good, the interpretation sound, but there are some points where a re-recording would not have been amiss. Bela Nagy, the solo violinist is very good.

The sound quality of this CD is good but could be improved, but you cannot really complain at the price this CD is offered.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best recording of Cantus Memoriam, 11 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Pärt: Fratres/Festina lente (Audio CD)
Some years ago, i had a 'moment' (and it was just a moment). i cant say what it was, or whence it came. Except, it changed me, to someone who believes in 'something'.
The reason for this review is quite simple. i ordered this recording on the back of a recommendation of the 'Benjamin Britten Cantus' i had no idea what it sounded like, or indeed who Arvo Part was.
When i first heard it, musically it is the only way i can describe what i felt when i had my 'moment'. needless to say that i have heard other pieces by Arvo Part and truly believe that 'that' moment (especially in the Cantus) is prevalent in his music, and should be heard by all.

Update: I have since heard many other interpretations of the Cantus by the likes of Jarvi, Davies and a few others. But this is still for me the definitive recording of it. The strings and the bell are more hypnotic then the others. Benedek seems have a better 'mystical' grip on this work, with an almost dervish like quality to the piece.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Part disaster!, 1 Sep 2010
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Mr. M. J. Fisher "Martin Fisher" (Cornwall, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pärt: Fratres/Festina lente (Audio CD)
Earlier reviewers have said 'raw and rough-edged', and 'the quality of playing may be a little rough in places'. These are certainly understatements about tracks 5 and 7, the cello/piano and 8-cello versions of Fratres! I would call them 'screamingly out of tune', particularly the former, and NB I'm not someone who usually suffers from minutely-calibrated ears where tuning's concerned!

OK some of the other tracks are better, but it's still one to steer well clear of in my opinion. If you buy it, make sure you know how to programme your player to leave out the tracks that set your teeth on edge!

Before writing the above I listened to those two tracks again to check memory. Now I've started the disc through from track 1, Fratres for strings and percussion. That's OK, but track 2 for violin, strings and percussion starts terribly and has some more dodgy moments later on - tuning again. I don't think I have the strength to sit through all tracks to give a complete review!

If you want Fratres with violin try the version with Tasmin Little, which I think comes in several good EMI Part anthologies.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic music, 9 Feb 2008
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This review is from: Pärt: Fratres/Festina lente (Audio CD)
Part's music is hypnotic and, in my view, deeply spiritual. It will not however be to everyone's taste.
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