- Conductor: None
- Composer: Arvo Part
- Audio CD (19 April 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Brilliant Classics
- ASIN: B0036ULAKK
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Arvo Part - Spiegel im Spiegel
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PART Spiegel im Spiegel: Benjamin Hudson violin/viola; Sebastian Klinger cello,Júrgen Kruse piano.
Top Customer Reviews
We look forward to dark winter evenings, lounging in front of the log-fire, with this CD as accompaniment.
The compilation comprise three interpretations of the duet 'Spiegel im Spiegel' (mirror in mirror) for violin and piano (1978), for viola and piano (1978), and for cello and piano (1978);Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka, for piano solo;Fur Alina, for piano solo (1976) (Alina is the composer's daughter);and Mozart-Adagio, for piano, violin and cello (1992).
In this uninterrupted string of gems, my personal favorite is Spiegel im Spiegel for which I shall confine the description to the elements comprising the music because the magic of the music itself rests in the experience of the listener.
The title Spiegel im Spiegel is a precise description of the piece. The part of the stringed instrument-violin, viola, cello-is itself already constructed as a mirror:the phrases it plays - each one successively adding one more part of the scale -always return, by steps or jumps, to the mirror axis, the central A. The piano mirrors the string part-volin, viola, cello-twice over with pure F-major triads, once at close range above it, but also with a layer of alternately higher and lower pitches recreating on a large scale the narrower tonal scale traversed by the string instrument-violin, viola, cello. The piano also confirms the melody notes of the string instrument-violin, viola, cello-with parallel thirds and octaves. All of the mirror images which allow three further voices to unfold from the core voice are stringently developed:not a single note is arbitrary.
I shall refrain from describing the music of the other pieces due to space limtations.
The disc is certainly among the very best in modern-twentieth century-classical music I have listened to in recent years.
As with the other few 'classical' CDs I have, I took a chance on a budget label. And like discount German supermarkets occasionally can, it delivers something beyond that of its' big brand competition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is special! Music that gives you a sense of time and space. Its ideal to relax and unwind to and gives the listener a sense of perspective. Highly reccommended.Published 6 months ago by Groucho
I love Arvo Part's Spiegal im Spiegal so much with Benjamin Hudson, Violin/viola; Sebastian Klinger, cello; & Jurgen Kruse on piano. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer