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Arvo Pärt (Part) - The Silence of Being (6CDs, 2008) [Lossless, FLAC]

Artist: Arvo Pärt
Title Of Album: The Silence of Being
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Naxos / Germany
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*tracks+.cue,log,scans)
Time: 6CDs, 05:02:40 min
Full Size: 1,93 Gb

Five of the discs on this six-CD set are previously released Naxos recordings of a broad variety of works by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The set offers a generous sampling of works spanning the composer's career, from his polystylistic Collage über BACH (1964) for orchestra to his 2001 Nunc dimittis for a cappella chorus. The bulk of the collection is devoted to works with his characteristic holy minimalist sound, using his tintinnabuli technique, in which there is a mathematically exact connection between the various lines. The set includes several of his major large-scale works, such as the St. John Passion, Berliner Messe, and Tabula Rasa, as well as many of his most popular smaller works, like Fratres (in six different arrangements), Cantus in memorium Benjamin Britten, Festina lente, De Profundis, and vocal and instrumental versions of Summa. The avowed Pärt devotee will probably already own performances of most of these pieces, but at the bargain price at which Naxos is offering the set, it offers listeners who aren't widely familiar with Pärt's music a fine introduction to his work. The quality of the performances varies; none are less than very good, but few measure up to the luminous original recordings on ECM, performed by groups such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Hilliard Ensemble, Gidon Kremer, the Theatre of Voices, and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. The performances by the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra on the disc devoted to the six versions of Fratres, Festina lente, Summa, and Cantus are somewhat diffident, but Tonus Peregrinus, led by Antony Pitts, sings the St. John Passion with purity, intensity, and drama. The disc of more recent unaccompanied choral music dating from 1990 to 2001 includes lesser known but highly attractive works, beautifully performed by Elora Festival Singers conducted by Noel Edison. Naxos astutely includes a bonus disc, Sonic Rebellion, a sampler of newer classical music likely to appeal to the kind of listener drawn to mavericks like Pärt. The eclectic collection is wonderfully diverse, including composers as different as Glass, Nancarrow, Henze, Riley, Wuorinen, Ligeti, Scelsi, and Adams, and should whet the appetite of fans of new music to look into the Naxos catalog.

CD1 - Fratres • Festina Lente • Summa • Cantus In Memory Of Benjamin Britten
CD2 - Orchestral Works: Tabula Rasa • Collage Über BACH • Symphony No. 3
CD3 - Passio
CD4 - Triodion • Ode VII (Memento) • I Am The True Vine • Dopo La Vittoria
CD5 - Sonic Rebellion: Alternative Classical Collection
CD6 - Berliner Messe / Magnificat / Summa


Fratres • Festina Lente • Summa • Cantus In Memory Of Benjamin Britten [78:41]
1. Fratres For Strings And Percussion (08:54)
2. Fratres For Violin, Strings And Percussion (10:42) violin – Béla Nagy
3. Festina Lente (07:47) harp – Márta Haraszti
4. Fratres For String Quartet (08:38) cello – Judit Kis Domonkos, viola – Rezső Hajna, violin – Béla Nagy, Katalin Schneider
5. Fratres For Cello And Piano (11:49) cello – Tibor Párkányi, piano – Sándor Falvai
6. Summa (03:43) cello – Tibor Párkányi
7. Fratres For Eight Cellos (11:48) cello – Béla Melis, Eszter Kendi, Judit Faludi, Katalin Aldobólyi Nagy, Péter Arató, Wambach Tibor, Ágnes Fodor
8. Fratres For Wind Octet And Percussion (07:41)
-arranged by – Beat Brinner
-bassoon – István Hartenstein, László Hunyadi
-clarinet – Géza Bánhegyi
-clarinet, bass clarinet – Kiss Gy László
-horns – Antal Szuromi, Károly Ambrus
-oboe – Béla Horváth
-oboe, english horn – József Erős
9. Cantus In Memory Of Benjamin Britten (07:39)
conducted by Tamás Benedek
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra (tracks: 1 to 3, 6, 9)
percussion instruments – Antal Eisrich (tracks: 1, 2, 8, 9), Miklós Kovács (tracks: 1, 2, 8)
Total length: 01:18:41
Orchestral Works: Tabula Rasa • Collage Über BACH • Symphony No. 3 [52:18]
1. Tabula Rasa - Ludus (09:48)
2. Tabula Rasa - Silentium (14:34)
3. Collage über BACH - Toccata (02:42)
4. Collage über BACH - Sarabande (03:10)
5. Collage über BACH - Ricercare (01:41)
6. Symphony No. 3 - First Movement (06:26)
7. Symphony No. 3 - Second Movement (06:13)
8. Symphony No. 3 - Third Movement (07:44)
Ulster Orchestra, Leslie Hatfield, Rebecca Hirsch, cunducted by Takuo Yuasa
Total length: 52:18
Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem [61:48]


Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem
1. Jesus Is Betrayed And Arrested In Gethsemane (09:37)
2. Jesus Is Interrogated By The High Priest And Denied By Peter (11:27)
3. Jesus Is Judged By Pilate And Reviled By The People (26:17)
4. Jesus Is Crucified At Golgotha (14:27)
Tonus Peregrinus, conducted by Antony Pitts
Total length: 01:01:48


Berliner Messe • Magnificat • Summa [52:12]


1. Cantate Domino Canticum Novum (Psalm 95) (1977, Rev. 1996) (03:27)
2. Berliner Messe (for choir and string orchestra) (Rev. V/1992) - Kyrie (02:46)
3. Gloria (03:57)
4. Alleluia Verses I & II (02:00)
5. Veni Sancte Spiritus (05:06)
6. Credo (04:15)
7. Sanctus (02:51)
8. Agnus Dei (02:01)
9. De Profundis (1980) (05:56)
10. Summa (1977) (04:40)
11. The Beatitudes (1990, Rev. 1991) (07:51)
12. Magnificat (1989) (07:22)
Total length: 52:12
Elora Festival Orchestra, Elora Festival Singers, Jurgen Petrenko, conducted by Noel Edison

Music for Unaccompanied Choir: Triodion • Ode VII (Memento) • I Am The True Vine • Dopo La Vittoria [57:26]


1. Triodion (1998) - Introduction: Ad Libitum - Ode I: 'O Jesus The Son Of God, Have Mercy Upon Us' (04:20)
2. Triodion (1998) - Ode II: 'O Most Holy Birth-Giver Of God, Save Us' (04:10)
3. Triodion (1998) - Ode III: 'O Holy Saint Nicholas, Pray To God For Us' Coda: Ad Libitum (05:07)
4. Tribute To Caesar (1997) (05:33)
5. Nunc Dimittis (2001) (06:16)
6. Ode VII (Memento) From Kanon Pokajanen (1994) (07:37)
7. I Am The True Vine (1996) (06:50)
8. The Woman With The Alabaster Box (1997) (05:26)
9. Dopo La Vittoria (After The Victory) (1996/1998) (10:39)
10. Bogoróditse Djévo (Mother Of God And Virgin) (1990) (01:28)
Elora Festival Singers, conducted by Noel Edison
Total length: 57:26

Sonic Rebellion: Alternative Classical Collection [76:28]
1. Philip Glass – Symphony No. 4, "Heroes": Neuköln (06:49) [Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop]
2. Krzysztof Penderecki – Threnody For The Victims Of Hiroshima (08:59) [National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Antoni Wit]
3. Conlon Nancarrow – Toccata For Violin Player & Piano (01:38) [Continuum, director: Cheryl Seltzer, Joel Sachs]
4. John Cage – First Interlude (03:29) [Boris Berman]
5. Hans Werner Henze – Fünf Nachtstücke (1990) For Violin And Piano: 1. Elegie (03:05) [Aaron Shorr, Peter Sheppard]
6. Giacinto Scelsi – Quattro Pezzi Per Orchestra (I) (02:30) [Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken under Hans Zender]
7. Terry Riley – In C (05:17) [ARS NOVA Copenhagen, Percurama Percussion Ensemble under Paul Hiller]
8. Charles Wuorinen – Second String Quartet (05:03) [The Group For Contemporary Music]
9. Edgard Varèse – Déserts - Third Electronic Interpolation (Beginning) (04:11) [National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra]
10. George Crumb – Songs, Drones & Refrains Of Death (1962-1968), Death-Drone II (01:48) [Ensemble New Art, Nicholas Isherwood under Fuat Kent]
11. Gyorgy Ligeti – Six Bagatelles For Wind Quintet (1953) Allegro Grazioso (02:42) [Albert Schweitzer Quintett]
12. Sofia Gubaidulina – Silenzio II (02:29) [Elsbeth Moser, Maria Kliegel, Kathrin Rabus]
13. Jørgen Plaetner – Beta (05:39)
14. John Adams – Shaker Loops - A Final Shaking (04:09) [Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Nathan Gunn under Marin Alsop]
15. Einojuhani Rautavaara – Piano Concerto 1 (09:46) [Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Laura Mikkola under Hannu Lintu]
16. Arvo Pärt – Fratres For Strings & Percussion (08:54) [Hungarian State Opera Orchestra under Tamás Benedek]

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Category: FLAC / APE / WAV | Added : (05.07.2020)
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