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listen  1. Tabula Rasa: LudusLesley Hatfield 9:50Album Only
listen  2. Tabula Rasa: SilentuimTakuo Yuasa14:41Album Only
listen  3. Collage uber B-A-C-H: ToccataTakuo Yuasa 2:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Collage uber B-A-C-H: SarabandeTakuo Yuasa 3:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Collage uber B-A-C-H: RicercareTakuo Yuasa 1:44$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Symphony No. 3: First MovementTakuo Yuasa 6:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Symphony No. 3: Second MovementTakuo Yuasa 6:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Symphony No. 3: Third MovementTakuo Yuasa 7:42$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Arvo Pärt's Fourth Symphony, subtitled “Los Angeles”, was written in 2008 and premièred in January of the following year, with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. That first performance is reprised on this disc. It is the first of Pärt’s symphonic pieces to appear on ECM New Series, the label closely associated with the ... Read more in Amazon's Arvo Part Store

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  • Performer: Lesley Hatfield, Rebecca Hirsch
  • Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra
  • Conductor: Takuo Yuasa
  • Composer: Arvo Part
  • Audio CD (January 16, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000050XA0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Along with Fratres, Tabula Rasa is easily the most popular instrumental composition that Estonian composer Arvo Pärt has ever penned. It's no wonder, either. This swirling double concerto for violins, string section, and piano is crammed with sonic drama, as well as quiet moments, making it the perfect showpiece for the composer's meditative tintinnabuli style of composition. Violinists Leslie Hatfield and Rebecca Hirsch deliver an electrifying performance of this work that easily stands alongside interpretations by Gidon Kremer (to whom this piece was dedicated) and others. Compared with Kremer's recordings, the prepared piano sounds a bit muted here, but this is a minor qualm--the violins and Ulster Orchestra steal the show. Going back in time, Collage uber BACH dates from 1964 and shows us how far Pärt's compositional style has evolved over the decades. Dense string textures give way to brief allusions of Bach, though the piece is thoroughly indebted to serialism. Symphony No. 3 from 1971 is one of the composer's lesser-recorded masterpieces, which is a shame because it shows the composer at a crossroads, incorporating elements of modernism, Gregorian chant, and polyphony. The resulting work sounds epic, gripping, and reflective, but ends with an unexpected last gasp of excitement.

Pärt fans won't need much convincing to buy this disc; these are great performances. But every classical CD collection should have at least one disc by the master of "holy minimalism" (and so much more), and this budget-priced disc is just about the perfect introduction to the composer's instrumental works. --Edward Garabedian

Customer Reviews

Unfortunately, this performance does not hold up very well against others.
Christopher Culver
Weird, and too bad, since this is exactly the kind of music that needs digital silence and, unfortunately, the piece with the loudest hiss is just Tabula Rasa!
Daniele
This album is a good introduction to anyone new to Part's distinct musical voice, or for those who wish to hear a different interpretation.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniele on January 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This time Naxos didn't make too happy. This cd is actually the perfect introduction to Part's music, featuring three of the four steps in the evolution of this composer. In the beginning Part was a stark, albeit very individual, serialist ( mercifully, this aspect is not documented here), then he began to introduce neo-classical elements in his music, with Bach' s severe spirituality as a beacon. This second phase ("collage" style) is documented by the masterful "Bach" collage, a piece that, despite the name, does not sound derivative or patchy at all. It's a little suite that somewhat sounds like Baroque, but at the same time sounds unmistakably modern, especially in the 2nd movement, which starts most gently and then starts to... how could I say? .. growl and snarl like a genetic mutation? (listen and you'll understand what I mean, I promise!) In the following phase Part entirely reverted to Neo-Classical manners, but in a sacred/ancient mood
more than baroque. Although clearly transitional, the 3rd sym. is very good, with a distinct Stravinskian flavour. Finally Part concentrated his styles in the current "tintinnabuli" style, here represented by the magisterial "Tabula Rasa". It's a piece in 2 movements, for string orchestra and "prepared" piano (which sounds like bells, hence the "tintinnabuli" word), where all the Part's better known trademarks are present: alternation of music and (expressive) silences, utterly refined string string textures, a rarefied spirituality and, above all, a sense of timelessness. I know some find it too "minimal" (i.e. boring), I think it's just music that requires a degree of emotional consonance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was the first recording of Tabula Rasa I had heard, and was absolutely blown away, until I heard the Gidon Kremer version on ECM. It's almost a different piece of music. The emotional tone on the ECM captures the extreme tension and beauty of the piece in a way the Naxos fails to do. Also, I know there is a prepared piano here, but I can't detect it -- the atmosphere is augmented immeasurably on the ECM where it is clearly audible. I have been on the whole extremely satisfied with Naxos recordings, but wonder now what I might be missing on others. The Collage uber BACH and 3rd Symphony here are stunning and not to be missed (but then, I haven't heard any other versions yet). Altogether a great introduction to Part's music at the price.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By vic spicer on January 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
my first thought was that i really don't need another version of part's classic tabula rasa. but at the naxos price, why not?
the performance of the title piece is superb, well up there with ECM recordings of the 80's which first introduced me to part's music.
the fun of discovery lies with the other two compositions- both are before part's signature tintinnabuli style, but still very enjoyable on their own terms. "collage uber bach" is alternately serene and angry. "symphony #3" (described in the liner notes as "transitional") is beautiful, but the liner notes mention another work of the same period that the composer had "withdrawn". argh.
as usual naxos has done a great job on packaging, liner notes and all the little details. my only complaint would be the short CD length, a mere 52 minutes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The theological bent of Arvo Part, like that of John Taverner in England, puts me off, although it's the very thing that attracts his huge following. The air of hushed mysticism, reverence, and neo-medieval sanctity holds a superficial appeal, but I rarely hear substance beneath. It's like ecclesiastical dress-up. But if Part's mature style lays claim to a lasting work, Tabula Rasa must be it. Even in this fairly pedestrian reading on Naxos the listener's attention is held in a way that other advanced minimalists like John Adams also manage to achieve.

I actually bought this CD for Sym. #3, which riveted me in live performance at the Royal Ballet in Lodon. Without dancers, however, tPart's 'sound drama,' as the Amazon reviewer calls it, starts to flag, and the slack reading by the Ulster orchestra under Yuasa doesn't help matters. I don't understand the Amazon reviewer's swooning rave, but Part is a cult composer, and those who love his music are fierce in their devotion (as ditto Taverner). Of one thing there's no doubt: this is easily assimilable music whose sound world makes few demands.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Dennis on September 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This CD offers a wonderful first introduction to the world of Arvo Part, covering the major styles and genres in which Part likes to work. Covering the span from his tintinnabulatory works to his mystic and spatial compositions.
Takuo Yuasa and the Ulster Orchestra do a phenomal job of covering the range of Part's music, moving from the rhythmic to the meditative with equal ease. Yuasa seems to have an instinctive understanding for the old-yet-new feel of Part, combining elements of minimalism, Orthodox liturgy, and Gregorian mass into a soulful and mystic web.
If you are not familiar with Part, this disc serves as an excellent introduction to his works, leaving room for further exploration into Part's other works, such as 'Te Deum' and 'Fratres'. It also provides a glimpse into the fertile ground of other Baltic-school composers, such as Vasks and Tormis.
The sonics are excellent, with a great sense of space, good imaging, and fine details. An absolute steal at this price.
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