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Arvo Pärt , Franz Welser-Möst , Richard Studt , Stephen Cleobury , Tonu Kaljuste , Bournemouth Sinfonietta , Cambridge Choir of King's College , London Philharmonic Orchestra , Tasmin Little Audio CD
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  • Performer: Tasmin Little
  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Cambridge Choir of King's College, London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst, Richard Studt, Stephen Cleobury, Tonu Kaljuste
  • Composer: Arvo Pärt
  • Audio CD (February 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000002SRI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cantus In Memory Of Benjamin Britten
2. Summa
3. The Beatitudes - Stephen Cleobury
4. Fratres (Version VI) - The London Philharmonic
5. Festina Lente
6. Magnificat - Stephen Cleobury
7. De profundis - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
8. Tabula Rasa: Silentium

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120 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one Pärt CD, buy this one February 20, 2002
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This exquisite recording is an "Arvo Pärt Sampler" that provides a great introduction to this wonderful composer. I bought it because it contains his two best-known short choral works, the Beatitudes and the Magnificat. The performances by the choir of King's College Cambridge are transcendent, as usual; it is very difficult to achieve the serenity of sound needed to communicate Pärt's music, but King's is perfect for it. The instrumental works are samples of Pärt's greatest hits including an especially heart-rending performance of the Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten.
Whether or not you enjoy the music of Arvo Pärt is partially a matter of temperament. Pärt is to music what contemplative spirituality is to prayer. To most of us, prayer involves talking to God; but to the contemplative, prayer means listening in receptive silence. Pärt is deeply contemplative, and his music speaks from this inner stillness, suspended in time. If you long for this inner stillness and peace, you will love Pärt; if not, his music will probably bore you. Silence plays an important part in his music. In the words of Arvo Pärt, "The most important things that happen between people who are very close to each other are not stated, are not even possible to express. One doesn't need to and shouldn't say anything." When you listen to Pärt, don't expect action, don't expect something to "happen." Just give yourself to the music and don't "do" anything - let God do it.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent selection of Part's work March 6, 2000
This CD rates a permanent place in my CD changer.
Part is a very listenable composer given the reputation that seems to preceed modern classical music. His music evokes a since of time immemorial, of something sacred. Part uses an almost logical repetition of themes in instrumentation, but not in a way that becomes dull or silly.
This CD offers of an excellent sampling of Part's more popular works. Unlike the budget Naxos recording, it includes a trio of Part's wonderful, reverant choral pieces. This CD also extracts tracks from some of Part's longer works, a simple way to audition pieces that can only be found on very expensive discs. Of particular interest, and to my particular glee, is the last track, which I've been known to describe as "a musical conversation with musical silence".
For a curious first-time buyer of Part's music this CD represents a most excellent beginning. A more avid listener of Part's music might find this CD a worthwhile grouping of his shorter works.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part's purity and beauty shine through again June 30, 2000
After purchasing "Arvo Part - Sanctuary", I was only sure that I would enjoy one track - the "Magnificat" which I had heard before. Upon listening to the disc, I found that I enjoyed every track on the CD because Arvo Part's truly sanctified and soothing style of composition has created some of the greatest masterpieces in music that I know of. It is definitely worth the money that I paid for it. When I die, I want this CD playing in the background.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, balance, beauty March 20, 2000
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Sanctuary was my introduction to Arvo Part and it made me wonder how I could have lived so long without knowing of this composer. The music provides a beautiful balance between Part's choral and orchestral music. Each track is haunting. Listening to it, I felt as if I had been transported into a cavern filled with luminous music and that my mind was expanding to encompass the sound. If you are new to Part, don't hesitate to buy this CD. I played it at a dinner party and had my guests all asking to see the cover. If you're a Part fan, you'll find the pure, clear performances on this CD well worth adding to your collection.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spare brilliance January 7, 2003
Spending a lot of words describing Pärt's music seems like defeating the purpose. It is transcendent, haunting, solemn, quiet, and all the other things the other reviewers say. I view it, stylistically, as somewhere between the minimalism of Glass et al, and the ambient textures of Steve Roach -- if that description makes any sense. I find myself a little more at home with his instrumental pieces than his choral work, but that's just personal preference.
This is a good first Pärt CD -- then you can move on to other works, especially his Te Deum.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificat: Magnificent! August 4, 2002
I realize the title of this review is pretty silly, but I had to think of something.
I have always enjoyed classical music, but not nearly as much as other genres... that is until a friend of mine gave me SANCTUARY. I listen to it all the time now. The genius of Arvo Part's music is that although it is quite somber, it is very beautiful. I think that if you don't like classical music now, you will once you listen to Arvo Part. My favourite piece is Magnificat, hence the title.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like nothing else June 22, 2000
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I'm not an avid Classical or Contemporary Listener but this CD is like nothing I've ever heard. It evokes an other worldly sense of being. I believe this may not be some people's piece of cake so I do recommend listening to the samples. But if you like them you'll LOVE the CD. Very Moving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Think Twice about this particular purchase ..... January 11, 2013
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Arbos and Tabula Rasa are much better introductions to Part's music than this sampler because of the mix of Chamber, Orchestra, Choral and soloing on those other releases. This is obviously an opinion, but I think that several of these versions of compositions, especially Britten and Summa, are performed much better on their original albums or other compilations. I only write this review as someone who just purchased a large quantity of Part's releases and has been comparing them ... so I think I am trying to target buyers who might be looking to dip their toes into the work of this amazing composer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Part fans
Typical Part music, but it might be a little repetitive for those who like his music in smaller doses. This is not my favorite of his CD's.
Published 10 months ago by John Goodman
3.0 out of 5 stars Some songs a little space-agey
When Arvo Parts songs are beautiful they are transformative! The music on this CD, though, seemed a little space-agey. Read more
Published 11 months ago by rachel goligoski
5.0 out of 5 stars Inordinately Beautiful Collection of the works of Arvo Pärt
Usually when recordings are pieced together form excerpts of various works by one composer the result is a hodgepodge that seems created simply for the market. Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by Grady Harp
5.0 out of 5 stars classical at its best!
If you love classical music, you will love this! I actually came across this by watching a YouTube video of "Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven" by Ulysses Dove performed by the... Read more
Published on December 17, 2010 by orangemoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Part
This is textural music, subtle and sublime. Everytime I listen to it, I hear more and go deeper. Highly recommended by this musicologist.
Published on July 13, 2010 by DesertDeb
4.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous tidbits
Compelling compilation of one of our most beautiful living minimalistic composers may serve better as a sampler than anything else but is a splendid first pick for potential... Read more
Published on June 6, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Arvo Part's Best Piece of Music
A unique sound that seems to come directly from God. At least that is how it seems when listening.
Published on May 23, 2009 by Jared A. Dettmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
This album is a beautiful example of some of Arvo Part's best works. Each piece is thoroughly enjoyable and the entire collection makes a wonderful addition to anyone's music... Read more
Published on October 20, 2007 by L. Wilkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Old World Sound to Calm the Senses
Beautiful, pure, and often heavenly are my select words to describe this CD.
Published on January 3, 2007 by Andrew J. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT OF THIS WORLD
Tabula Rasa: Silentium : This music is not of this world. I worship/pray in silence while driving with this music on with a palm facing the windshield. Read more
Published on August 31, 2004 by tapnslap
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