8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2009
This is a brilliant CD which is, for my money, the best ECM Arvo CD since Te Deum. The CDs in the intervening years have all been good, but none have moved me as much as In Principio. Musically, it's both a further development of his tintinnabuli style - the title piece in particular - and a return to some favourites, such as the new versions of Da Pacem and Mein Weg. La Sidone and Cecilia Virgine Romana are very strong, heading in a new direction, perhaps, whilst retaining recognisable tintinnabuli roots, while the closer, For Lennart in Memoriam is a further 'installment' in the series of short orchestral pieces that began with Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, and is deeply moving. Perhaps silence is the only response to music like this, and also time to stop writing about it...
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2009
If you like Arvo Pärt, you'll love this. Those who don't will find no reason to change their mind, although Da Pacem Domine is just so glorious that even those died-in-the-wool Arvo antagonists would find difficulty in complaining about it. This is an absolute essential for any Pärt lover.