Pärt: The Symphonies

 
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ARVO PÄRT
Pärt: The Symphonies
NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Tonu Kaljuste (Conductor)

[ ECM New Series / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 11 May 2018

All four of Arvo Pärt's symphonies, newly recorded with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic under the direction his musical accomplice, Tõnu Kaljuste. Each of the symphonies, as the great Estonian composer has noted, is a world unto itself. Heard in chronological order they also tell us much about Pärt's musical and spiritual journey, and the very different ways in which he has exercised his craft. Forty-five years separate his Symphony No. 1 ("Polyphonic") written in 1963 while he was still a student of Heino Eller, from his Symphony No. 4 ("Los Angeles") written in 2008, by which time he was the world's most widely-performed contemporary composer.

"This disc, definitively conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste, who seems to have become the composer's preferred interpreter, is the first to include all four of Pärt's symphonies, and hence traces the early part of that stylistic journey. While the Fourth Symphony, subtitled Los Angeles, was not composed until 2008, and so belongs to the reassuring tonal world that Pärt made his own, its three predecessors go back to the start of his composing career. This disc, definitively conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste, who seems to have become the composer's preferred interpreter, is the first to include all four of Pärt's symphonies, and hence traces the early part of that stylistic journey. While the Fourth Symphony, subtitled Los Angeles, was not composed until 2008, and so belongs to the reassuring tonal world that Pärt made his own, its three predecessors go back to the start of his composing career." The Guardian

Tracks:

ARVO PÄRT - SYMPHONY NO. 1 'POLYPHONIC'
1 I. Canons 11:18
2 II. Prelude and Fugue 07:56

ARVO PÄRT - SYMPHONY NO. 2
3 I. 03:36
Pause 4 II. 00:05 - 02:14
5 III. 04:47

ARVO PÄRT - SYMPHONY NO. 3
6 I. 06:29
7 II. 05:48
8 III. 08:05

ARVO PÄRT - SYMPHONY NO. 4 'LOS ANGELES'
9 I. Con sublimitá 09:14
10 II. Affannoso 11:47
11 III. Deciso 08:08