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Te Deum - Arvo Pärt - Conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste,
This review is from: Pärt: Te Deum (Audio CD)
Hypnotic; healing are not terms I'd usually use in a review of a piece of music - too much like crystal gazing (Be Bop Deluxe - great track!), copper bracelets & ley lines - airy-fairy stuff that I usually ignore with a sneer but Pärt's music has an effect that does indeed induce (at least in me) feelings of peace and warm fuzziness. I first heard this in a TV documentary about the piece itself. A nice little doco – watch it if you can catch it. All the major protagonists were there on the screen except the composer who seems a reserved quiet person who shuns too much publicity – good for him! The conductor, Tõnu Kaljuste, has worked extensively with Arvo Pärt and this shows in his ability to bring out the best in choir and orchestra. The combination of The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra is amazing. It produces a beautiful recording. The main piece Te Deum is complimented by the other pieces on the CD. I’d buy Te Deum alone but the other works make up an amazingly value for money CD and a great example of Arvo Pärt's portfolio.
I recommend this piece of music to anyone who appreciates good quality music. My tastes run from 12th century music from the Crusades through Baroque to Tool & The Chemical Brothers. I have no problems in reconciling my catholic tastes. Pärt’s music is as wonderfully enjoyable as any other style. Based on this CD I would have no hesitation in buying more examples of this wonderful composer’s work.