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Arvo Part: Creator Spiritus [Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import]

Theatre of Voices , Ars Nova Copenhagen , NYYD Quartet , Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (organ) , Paul Hillier , Arvo Part Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Composer: Arvo Part
  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B006H99HJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Veni creator
2. The Deer's Cry
3. Psalom
4. Most Holy Mother of God
5. Solfeggio
6. My heart's in the highlands
7. Peace upon you, Jerusalem
8. Ein Wallfahrtslied
9. Morning Star
10. Stabat Mater

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Yet another brilliant Arvo Part program from Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices --The Independent - 5 Stars

Choral master Paul Hillier knows the music of Arvo Part... Here, he offers an intimate collection of vocal and instrumental chamber pieces that range across the Estonian's career... This performance of the Stabat Mater is beautifully sung and recorded. 'My Heart Is in the Highlands' is one of Part's most perfect creations; sung here by soprano Else Torp, it will crush a sensitive soul. --Listen

There have been a lot, but this is one of the very best of the recent Part releases. Absolutely essential! --Audiophile Audition

Product Description

Creator Spiritus is the latest collaboration between GRAMMY Award winning conductor Paul Hillier and celebrated Estonian composer Arvo Part. The disc features a carefully selected collection of Part s choral and instrumental chamber music, drawn from different periods in the composer s career.

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5.0 out of 5 stars That mysterious particle of time and space July 3, 2012
Format:Audio CD
It seems as though Arvo Pärt never finds a paucity of ideas. His sound of composition rarely changes and that is one more reason he seems so masterful. Given the minimal forces and minimal movement in his works they never seem to diminish into sameness, so fresh is his approach to every text or musical theme he encounters. This is one of the most successful collections of the music of Arvo Pärt - ten works of varying intstrument and choral combinations that span 25 years of compositions.

Pärt grows as a composer and with each new work it sounds as though he needs fewer and fewer notes to compose his timeless, mesmerizing works. For this recording conductor Paul Hillier leads a fine variety of works, with the Theater of Voices, the Ars Nova of Copenhagen, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, organist, the NYYD quartet and the soprano Else Torp.

The works included here are as follows:
Veni creator with the Theatre of Voices, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent and Ars Nova Copenhagen
The Deer's Cry with Ars Nova Copenhagen
Psalom with the Nyyd Quartet
Most Holy Mother of God with Ars Nova Copenhagen
Solfeggio with the Nyyd Quartet
My Heart's in the Highlands with Else Torp soprano and Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, organ
Peace upon you, Jerusalem with Ars Nova Copenhagen
Ein Wallfahrtslied
Morning Star with Ars Nova Copenhagen
Stabat Mater with the Theatre of Voices and the Ars nova Copenhagen

While each piece has special significance, the highlight of the collection is the Stabat Mater, the searing 14th century sacred poem that evokes the scene of Mary watching her son Jesus dying on the cross on Good Friday.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you appreciate Part, you'll appreciate the album March 2, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I know there are some critics who are immune to what they may consider the repetitious ruminations of Mr. Part's New Age spirituality, but I admit a liking for the man's approach, combining as it does ancient tunes and texts with modern and inventive styles, rhythms, and tones.

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor
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3.0 out of 5 stars Arvo Pärt: Creator Spiritus on Harmonia Mundi December 29, 2012
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Minimalist music seems a natural fit for setting texts of the Orthodox and Catholic churches. Both have long traditions of contemplation and deliberately repetitive prayers, e.g. litanies, the rosary, and the Jesus prayer. The nature of their liturgies, with their fixed structure and seasonal cycles, also invite worshipers to step outside the sometimes oppressively linear time of modern society and experience a sacred temporality. Moreover, chant and early polyphony seem aesthetically akin to some types of minimalist music.

Enter Arvo Pärt.

Born in Estonia in 1935, Pärt's early music often looked to the past. Even as he explored the more prevalent mid-century compositional styles, he would quote earlier composers, such as when Bach's well-known Prelude in C Major (WTC I) finds its way into Pärt's Credo (1968). However, In the late 60s and early 70s, Pärt almost completely abandons composing for many years, preferring instead to study chant and polyphony, seeking a new direction for his music. He emerged from this hiatus in 1976, embracing his new tintinnabuli technique as a basis for many of his sacred, minimalist compositions since.

Creator Spiritus offers a glimpse at Pärt's music over these decades. The earliest piece, Solfeggio, was written in 1964, predating much of the music for which he is known, but other compositions range from the 1985 Stabat Mater to the more recent Morning Star (2007). Likewise, while much of the music features the exquisite Theater of Voices under the direction of Paul Hillier, there are also two pieces for string quartet, performed by the NYYD Quartet.

I mention this apparent variety on the disc because despite the range of compositions present, the style is largely unchanging and can grow weary.
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