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Part: Fratres

Arvo Part , Rudolf Werthen , Flanders Fiamminghi Orchestra , Peter Manning , France Springuel Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Peter Manning, France Springuel
  • Orchestra: Flanders Fiamminghi Orchestra
  • Conductor: Rudolf Werthen
  • Composer: Arvo Part
  • Audio CD (April 18, 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003D0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fratres For Strings And Percussion
2. Fratres For Violin, Strings And Percussion
3. Cantus In Memory Of Benjamin Britten For Strings And One Bell
4. Fratres For Wind Octet And Percussion
5. Fratres For Eight Cellos
6. Summa For Strings
7. Fratres For String Quartet
8. Festina Lente For Strings And Harp Ad Libitum
9. Fratres For Cello And Piano

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly subtle variety December 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Arvo Part is one of the only composers (if not the only one) I can think of where a CD containing six versions (albeit with different instrumentation) of the same piece is not boring or pretentious.
In addition to "Fratres" six times, we are treated to three other pieces as well. (I will comment more on them later.)
"Fratres" the obvious centerpiece of this album is a piece that roughly runs about 10 minutes and is incredibly rich in material as to score it for a plethora of different instruments is refreshing instead of frustrating. The various combinations offered here are for: 1. strings & percussion; 2. violin, strings & percussion; 3. wind octet & percussion; 4. eight cellos; 5. string quartet; 6. cello and piano.
I like the producers choice to put versions one and two next to each other (with the only difference being the "solo" violinist.) You can tell how much that one instrument's line really changes up the piece. Additionally that soloist uses a lot of pizzacato and it reinvigorates the piece. The version for wind octet is probably the most bizarre of all. It sounds like it uses strings and an organ. A testament both to Part's writing and the performers skills. The version for eight cellos is quite rich, showing once agains Part's compositional prowess, but also showing the great range of the cello (its my favorite instrument in the western orchestra.) The version for string quartet is the least compelling of bunch in my opinion. Not because Part can't write for quartet, but this piece just calls for more. The version for cello and piano is a nice way to close out the record, its probably my favorite version of all.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime May 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I just got this CD in search of the "Fratres for wind octet and percussion." I was braced for some trying repetition, even though the recording also includes my very first Part piece, "Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten," and two others, "Summa" and "Festina Lente."
I was wrong. The 79-minute recording is sublime. I was constantly taken by surprise in the different realizations of the basic "Fratres" materials. The "Cantus," "Summa" and "Festina Lente" were added, not to break up the monotony, but to enhance the variety of the CD.
This CD will now join the precious few I listen to when life simply ceases to make sense and I am in desperate need for centering and grounding. (The recording of mystic minimalist works by the Chilingirian String Quartet is one of them. The achingly slow late Bernstein recording of the Barber "Adagio for Strings" is another.)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why this is one of the best contemporary music CD's November 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The Fratres of Pärt is a wonderful piece of minimal contemporary music. I like the Fratres series because it they have a serene but though penetrating harmony, It's just like instrumental choir music with an immense polyphony. Pärt throws with voices in this piece. It's also a prove of his faboulous tintinabully-composing style. Together with the other pieces, Pärt delivers us a freezing album which has an enormous impact on you in silent moments of your life. According to me the I Fiammingi version is one of the best available, so I don't know why you shouldn't buy it. Its heavenly gregorian alike voices together with the sharp contemporary dissonant harmony make a unique artwork of it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb September 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Composer Arvo Part is problably the most compelling composer of the last decade, and the "Fratres" count as one of his best works. They are not for every listener, though, as their slow pace and repetitive patterns (rendered even more repetitive by the fact that they appear ten times here in different versions) set a very particular mood. Werthen's interpretation emphasises the solemn and sometimes "marble cold" aspect of one of Part's most minimalist work (although he may not be considered a minimalist himself). Someone whishing to introduce himself to Part's compositions may prefer to try the ECM New Series recording of "Tabula Rasa", which also contains two "Fratres" (played by Keith Jarrett) along with the "Cantus in Memoriam", and another major work (the title work).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing May 11, 2006
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OK, the people who made this album are officially crazy. Nine tracks, and six of them are different arrangements of Fratres! But it's a good crazy. The piece is fascinating and very evocative and draws you in. So, believe it or not, it works.

Once I had it playing while I was working on something else. Fifteen minutes after the CD ended I realized that there was no more music, although in some mysterious and enchanting way I continued to hear it in the air.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Sombre July 17, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I don't know Part's work very well... and I found most of the recording to be sombre, and frequently beautiful.... But the piece "Summa (for Strings)" is regal, transcendant, other-worldly.... almost unimaginable beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top recording! June 1, 2014
By Elaine
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I would say that this is my favorite recording that I have found. I am thrilled with the cello/piano version especially. I think she is a wonderful cellist!
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