Thursday, May 29, 2008

Arvo Pärt - Litany

From Boomkat:
"Recorded in 1995, this disc collects world premiere recordings of ‘Litany’, ‘Psalom’ and ‘Trisagion’. Litany derives its text from the 24 prayers of St. John Chrysostum (the man responsible for writing the liturgy upon which Russian Orthodoxy is based) and there’s an appropriately devotional tone to the piece regardless of its manifold dynamic twists and turns. Apparently, Part had been familiar with the prayers for over twenty years, always intending to find his own musical resolution to them. It’s evident that the composer has pored over this endeavour at length; the piece carries the full weight of his formidable ability. The shortest of the three pieces, ‘Psalom’, is up next, an altogether gentler affair, retaining a light-as-air, floating quality over the course of its seven-minutes. Finally, ‘Trisagion’ sees a heightening in drama, with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra playing the piece’s inherent grandeur for all it’s worth. Excellent stuff."

Artist: Arvo Pärt
Album: Litany
Label: ECM New Series, ECM New Series
Format: CD, Album
Country: Germany
Released: 1996
Genre: Classical
Style: Contemporary
Credits: Engineer [Tonmeister] - Peter Laenger (tracks: 2, 3) , Teije Van Geest (tracks: 1)
Producer - Manfred Eicher


1 Litany (22:45)
Bass Vocals - Gordon Jones (2)
Choir - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Conductor - Tõnu Kaljuste
Orchestra - Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Tenor Vocals - John Potter (2) , Rogers Covey-Crump
Tenor Vocals [Countertenor] - David James (13)
2 Psalom (6:45)
Conductor - Saulius Sondeckis
Orchestra - Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra
3 Trisagion (11:53)
Conductor - Saulius Sondeckis
Orchestra - Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra


Arvo Pärt - Litany (Rapidshare Link)

Arvo Pärt - Litany (Mediafire Link)


Henry Chinaski said...

a must from the most well known composer from Eestimaa, and one of the most important figures for the minimalist and serial music...

Anonymous said...

Fantasic music...