ARVO PÄRT (b.1935): Te Deum, Ein Wallfahrtslied, Magnificat, Summa, Nunc dimittis.
Catalogue Number: 08O072
Label: Estonian Record Productions
Reference: ERP 2309
Description: These mostly shorter works for choir are fine examples of exactly what one would expect from the father of consonant new spirituality; ethereally beautiful, intensely devotional settings of Christian texts, essentially static and meditative yet with a finely judged inner tension, always resolved both harmonically and spiritually in an outpouring of faith. Ein Wallfahrtslied sets Psalm 121 'I will lift up my eyes unto the hills', in memory of the composer's friend, film director Grigori Kromanov, and enriches the texture with the addition of string orchestra, as does the half-hour Te Deum setting (of which there is only one other, 20-year-old recording), which also employs a prepared piano and wind harp. This is the most varied score here, reflecting the different moods of the text, though always with the mood of restrained yet passionate exultation that characterizes much of Pärt's output. Texts and translations included. Chamber Choir Voces Musicales, Tallinn Sinfonietta; Risto Joost.