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  • Audio CD (8 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B0000260TR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Arbos
  2. An den Wassern zu Babel
  3. Pari Intervallo
  4. De Profundis
  5. Er sang vor langen Jahren
  6. Summa
  7. Arbos
  8. Stabat Mater

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Recorded 1986-7

The Hilliard Ensemble: David James - (countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump, John Potter - (tenor), Gordon Jones - (baritone)

Christopher Bowers-Broadbent - (organ), Gidon Kremer - (violin), Vladimir Mendelssohn - (viola), Thomas Demenga - (cello), Brass Ensemble Staatsorchester Stuttgart, Dennis Russell Davies - (conductor)

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This exquisitely performed and recorded selection of Part's largely vocal work, is serenity itself. The Hilliard, sensitively and superbly augmented by Kremer, Mendelssohn and Demenga, deliver a beautifully rapt, flawless 'Stabat Mater', which is the major work here. In addition, there is also a fine organ piece played by Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, who also provides the orchestral colour on the 'De profundis', with the Hilliard giving a subtly moving rendition. 'An den Wassern zu Babel' explores the 'waters of Babylon' theme underpinned by Part's haunting ebb and flow of melody. A tone poem by the German poet Brentano, and two renditions of 'Arbos' complete this, and its the latter which add the 'spice' to an otherwise serene, religious experience: the brass of the Staatorchester Stuttgart giving a wonderfully biting, exciting introduction, and subsequent reprise, equally welcome. Beautifully recorded ECM sound.
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deeply moving and this work has the ability to take one to a place of profound stillness.. its remarkable and not to be missed.
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I bought this soon after I "found" the works of Arvo Part during the St Albans International Organ Festival - in particular De Profundis.
Some is a little repetitive, but overall it is a stunning collection of his work, truly reflecting his Estonian origins.
Listen on your own and become wrapped in this amazing music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What gives "minimalism" its very name? 19 Jan. 2014
By Eric S. Kim - Published on
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The Arvo Part discography on ECM is gaining a permanent position on my shelves. Ever since purchasing Te Deum and Litany, the divine "minimalist" music from Part had me hooked. With the fifth installment in the ECM series, we are introduced to some more of the composer's somber (and sometimes otherworldly) compositions. Arbos is three minutes long, but it's a hypnotic demonstration of brass. I don't understand why it's played twice on this CD, maybe it's because to prepare ourselves for Stabat Mater or something. Speaking of which, the 24-minute Stabat Mater only requires a soprano, a tenor, a countertenor, and a string trio. It's a small ensemble, but the music is quite riveting from beginning to end. It's one that Part fans will deeply admire. De Profundis and Summa deserve high recognition because of their simplistic beauty. The 6-minute organ solo entitled Pari Intervallo is not striking musically, but the sheer tranquil emotion forces you to forget that sort of thing. The other two compositions are titled in German: An den Wassern du Babel [and] Es sang vor langen Jahren. They're stunning, no complaints there.

Official Grade: 9.2 out of 10
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent recording of sacred music 21 Mar. 2007
By Steven Guy - Published on
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This was the first Arvo Pärt recording I ever heard. I think that was around 1993? I heard the Stabat Mater on a long drive from Melbourne to Ballarat, where I was performing in a midday concert of Renaissance and Baroque music as a part of an Arts festival held in that great country city.

I was alone in the car, listening to ABC Classic FM, as always, and I heard all of the Statbat Mater. I was captivated by this poignant, sublime and beautiful music. The three soloists, soprano, countertenor and tenor, sing the music with great style and beauty. The melodic lines seem to be weightless and float through each other in a very graceful way. The work is accompanied by a small group of string instruments.

I bought the recording when I got back to Melbourne and it has been a favourite of mine ever since. I also bought the Hilliard Ensemble's recording of the Pärt St. John Passion, commonly known as the Passio.

Lovers of the music of John Tavener and Henryk Gorecki, who haven't heard any of Pärt's music will be in for a very pleasant surprise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars After TABULA RASA, the next stop for fans of Part's "holy minimalism" 22 Jun. 2007
By Christopher Culver - Published on
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This ECM disc is an important document of the work of Estonian composer Arvo Part, containing as it does a number of important early pieces from the composer's "tintinnabuli" phase. If the earlier TABULA RASA on the same label is the traditional entry point into this style, ARBOS is where one should head next. And as with all ECM discs, the performers are Part's hand-picked men, giving a definitive sheen to the recordings.

Those who have heard the TABULA RASA disc are familiar with "Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten" for bell and strings. That's a mensuration canon, where various instrumental parts play a descending scale in different speeds, but it is peaceful and contemplative. On this disc "Arbos" for 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, and percussion (1977) takes the same form, but with very different instrumentation, a faster tempo, and louder dynamics it obtains a very different sound. Those who think of Part only as a creator of calm moods will be surprised indeed by this piece which turns the basics of tintinnabuli writing towards a troubled, though fairly static, surface. The Staatsorchester Stuttgart conducted by Dennis Russell Davies gives a confident performance.

The other pieces here are performed by the Hilliard Ensemble. "Pari Intervallo" for organ (1976) does with that instrument what "Fur Alina" did with piano, display the sound of tinntinabuli in the simplest possible form. It's notable for being Part's calmest piece for organ; others are somewhat monsters.

The title of "An den Wassern zu Babel" for trombone and chamber orchestra (1986) refers to the well-known psalm, but instead of merely setting the text Part communicates the soul of the Israelites' lament though anguished vocalizations. The a capella "Summa" (1986), on the other hand, sets the Nicene Creed without any emotional edge whatsoever, letting the listener soberly listen to its theological truths, a good counter to, say, the Glagolitic Mass of Janacek.

"De Profundis" for male chorus, percussion & organ (1980) sets Psalm 130. While the chorus and percussion range everywhere through the seven-minute length of the piece, the organ maintains a slow ostinato much like in "Pari Intervallo".

Though Part usually sets Biblical or liturgical texts, "Es sang vor langen Jahren" for counter-tenor or alto with violin & viola (1984) is a setting of a poem by Clemens Brentano talking of a human lover and a nightingale. The music is fairly standard Part, though. Perhaps a little too standard, for I have a hard time enjoying this piece, which doesn't do much to stand out.

"Stabat Mater" (1987) is at 25 minutes the longest piece on the disc, and one of Part's greatest achievements. A setting of the well-known hymn, it consists of alternating sections focusing either on chorus or the violin, here performed by the great Gidon Kremer. The text telling of the Theotokos sorrowfully gazing at Christ on the Cross is, as one can expect, set solemnly indeed, but surprising are the joyful dance-like cadences led by the violin that break in.

While most of the music here is mainstream tintinnabuli, "An den Wassern zu Babel" (1976) is unusual, coming after Part's creative silence but not squaring with his new style. It displays the composer's interest in medieval music, and is closer to his Symphony No. 3 of several years previously than to "Fur Alina" written the same year and the tintinnabuli pieces that have followed.

One regrets that ECM places "Arbos" here twice--the label is infamous for rarely putting together enough material to nicely fill a disc. That and the presence of the frankly dull "Es sang for langen Jahren" causes me to subtract a star. Nonetheless, those who have heard TABULA RASA and want to head deeper into Part's singular soundworld are highly encouraged to check out this disc which, as a fellow reviewer noted, is strangely neglected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some gems 9 Feb. 2002
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All of this music was new to me before listening to this disc. I assume the performances are definitive, so the issue is, how attractive is the music itself? To me the winner on this CD is track 4, De Profundis, almost 7 minutes of austere beauty for organ, small choir and remarkably effective percussion (bell and gong). Track 6, the Summa (Credo) is nice, but the music seems to be content to create a somewhat mystical mood, and does not reflect the text (like many mass Credos do). The major work on the disc is track 8, the Stabat Mater, a very austere piece. It has not won me over yet.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An icy wind of delicious sadness 17 Aug. 2004
By Bertson B Betterson - Published on
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Arvo Part creates a world where bleakness becomes almost an indulgence, and upon the first hearing of Stabat Mater you'll feel an icy wind of delicious sadness blow over your eager and expectant frown. The solo organ piece Pari Intervallo (which can also be found on the purely organ album Trivium), is a study in restrained and sterile beauty, meaning that the piece (and most of the tintinnabuli pieces) doesn't crash and bellow and forcefully announce its intent, but whispers it in cold hintings. As for myself, I will not hint: buy this album now.
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