Arvo Pärt Collection

Composer Arvo Pärt
Artist Various artists
Format 9 CD
Cat. number 96389
EAN code 5028421963891
Release November 2021

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The most comprehensive collection ever issued of Arvo Pärt’s music, surveying the full range of an output from one of the most distinctive voices in late 20th-century music.

Subsequently and exhaustively imitated, the language of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is immediately recognisable, speaking with the ‘still small voice of calm’ amid chaos and confusion. Born in 1935, Pärt reached compositional maturity in the late 60s with a series of works which painfully juxtaposed modernist dissonances with diatonic islands of peace, often Christian in message and raining down criticism from Soviet authorities.

At this point the evolution of his style produced an unassuming piano piece, Für Alina, which holds the key to the next 25 years of his music. For it he developed a ‘tintinnabuli’ technique where melodies move step by step around a central pitch, producing a soundworld timeless yet original and distinctively new.

From the technique grew instant classics of a genre at one remove from the slick certainties of US minimalism: Fratres and its many arrangements (eight of them represented here), the Cantus in memory of Britten, Tabula rasa for a Baroque sized concerto grosso ensemble and more. Then, having emigrated to Germany, Pärt applied the technique to the Christian texts which were always his rock and inspiration: first the St John Passion in 1982, followed by a sheaf of vocal works such as the Magnificat, Stabat Mater and Maria Antiphons which have become standard repertoire for choirs around the world.

In the last 20 years the harmonies in his music have filled out and become accommodated to a Romantic richness of expression even in sacred works such as I am the true vine and The Woman with the Alabaster Box, but there remains an individual simplicity to Pärt’s idiom that resists easy classification while continuing to affirm beauty and touch the souls of listeners.

All the works mentioned here are included in the box, in widely praised modern recordings made during the last 20 years, and the set is accompanied by full booklet notes.

Arvo Pärt (born 1935) is without doubt one of the best-known and -loved composers of today. His highly personal style, influenced by Gregorian Chant, is based on slowly shifting patterns, tintinnabuli (little bells), creating a meditative and hallucinatory effect, a visionary world of spiritual contemplation. Pärt’s sacred choral works enjoy a huge popularity with both the traditional classical audience as well as an open-minded new generation.
This substantial collection brings together Pärt’s best-known and loved works, both instrumental and vocal: Spiegel im Spiegel, Für Alina, Tabula Rasa, Fratres, Magnificat, Berliner Messe, St. John Passion, as well as organ works and the complete piano works.
Excellent performances by Le Nuove Musiche/Krijn Koetsveld, Leeds Cathedral Choir, Ulster Orchestra, Jeroen van Veen and many others.
The booklet contains extensive liner notes on the composer and his works.


Track list

Disk 1

  1. Arvo Pärt: Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka
  2. Arvo Pärt: Für Alina
  3. Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel for Viola & Piano
  4. Arvo Pärt: Mozart-Adagio
  5. Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel for Cello & Piano

Disk 2

  1. Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa: I. Ludus
  2. Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa: II. Silentium
  3. Arvo Pärt: Collage über Bach: I. Toccata
  4. Arvo Pärt: Collage über Bach: II. Sarabande
  5. Arvo Pärt: Collage über Bach: III. Ricercare
  6. Arvo Pärt: Symphony No. 3: I. First Movement
  7. Arvo Pärt: Symphony No. 3: II. Second Movement
  8. Arvo Pärt: Symphony No. 3: III. Third Movement

Disk 3

  1. Arvo Pärt: Fratres for Strings and Percussion
  2. Arvo Pärt: Fratres for Violin, Strings and Percussion
  3. Arvo Pärt: Festina lente for Strings and Harp ad libitum
  4. Arvo Pärt: Fratres for String Quartet
  5. Arvo Pärt: Fratres for Cello and Piano
  6. Arvo Pärt: Summa for Strings
  7. Arvo Pärt: Fratres for 8 Cellos
  8. Arvo Pärt: Fratres for Wind Octet and Percussion
  9. Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Disk 4

  1. Arvo Pärt: Magnificat
  2. Arvo Pärt: Nunc dimittis
  3. Arvo Pärt: Maria Antifonen: I. O Weisheit
  4. Arvo Pärt: Maria Antifonen: II. O Adonai
  5. Arvo Pärt: Maria Antifonen: III. O Spross aus Isias Wurzel
  6. Arvo Pärt: Maria Antifonen: IV. O Schüssel Davids
  7. Arvo Pärt: Maria Antifonen: V. O Morgenstern
  8. Arvo Pärt: Maria Antifonen: VI. O König aller Völker
  9. Arvo Pärt: Maria Antifonen: VII. O Immanuel
  10. Arvo Pärt: Stabat Mater

Disk 5

  1. Arvo Pärt: Jesus is Betrayed and Arrested in Gethsemane (exordium; John 18:1-12)
  2. Arvo Pärt: Jesus is Interrogated by the High Priest and Denied by Peter (John 18:13-27)
  3. Arvo Pärt: Jesus is Judged by Pilate and Reviled by the People (John 18:28-19:15)
  4. Arvo Pärt: Jesus is Crucified at Golgotha (John 19:16-30; conclusio)

Disk 6

  1. Arvo Pärt: The Beatitudes
  2. Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe: I. Kyrie
  3. Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe: II. Gloria
  4. Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe: III. Erster Alleluiavers
  5. Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe: IV. Zweiter Alleluiavers
  6. Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe: V. Veni sancte spiritus
  7. Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe: VI. Credo
  8. Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe: VII. Sanctus
  9. Arvo Pärt: Berliner Messe: VIII. Agnus dei
  10. Arvo Pärt: Cantate domino
  11. Arvo Pärt: Annum per Annum, Einleitung – K – G – C – S – A – Coda
  12. Arvo Pärt: Mein Weg hat Gipfel und Wellentäler
  13. Arvo Pärt: Pari intervallo
  14. Arvo Pärt: Trivium
  15. Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel

Disk 7

  1. Arvo Pärt: Triodion: I. Introduction. Ad libitum – Ode I. O Jesus the Son of God, Have Mercy upon Us
  2. Arvo Pärt: Triodion: II. Ode II. O Most Holy Birth-giver of God, Save Us
  3. Arvo Pärt: Triodion: III. Ode III. O Holy Saint Nicholas, Pray to God for Us Coda. ad libitum
  4. Arvo Pärt: Tribute to Caesar, St Matthew 22, 15-22
  5. Arvo Pärt: Nunc dimittis, St Luke 2, 29-32
  6. Arvo Pärt: Ode VII from Kanon Pokajanen
  7. Arvo Pärt: I Am the True Vine
  8. Arvo Pärt: The Woman with the Alabaster Box, St Matthew 26, 6-13
  9. Arvo Pärt: Dopo la vittoria
  10. Arvo Pärt: Bogoróditse Djévo

Disk 8

  1. Arvo Pärt: Für Alina
  2. Arvo Pärt: Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka
  3. Arvo Pärt: Ukuaru valss
  4. Arvo Pärt: Für Anna Maria
  5. Arvo Pärt: Für Alina
  6. Arvo Pärt: Pari intervallo
  7. Arvo Pärt: Hymn to a Great City
  8. Arvo Pärt: Für Anna Maria
  9. Arvo Pärt: Für Alina
  10. Arvo Pärt: Fratres
  11. Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel

Disk 9

  1. Arvo Pärt: Musik für Kindertheater: I. Der gestiefelte Kater
  2. Arvo Pärt: Musik für Kindertheater: II. Rotkäppchen und der Wolf
  3. Arvo Pärt: Musik für Kindertheater: III. Schmetterlinge
  4. Arvo Pärt: Musik für Kindertheater: IV. Tanz der Entenküken
  5. Arvo Pärt: Sonatina No. 1: I. Allegro
  6. Arvo Pärt: Sonatina No. 1: II. Larghetto
  7. Arvo Pärt: Sonatina No. 1: III. Allegro
  8. Arvo Pärt: Sonatine No. 2: I. Allegro energico
  9. Arvo Pärt: Sonatine No. 2: II. Largo
  10. Arvo Pärt: Sonatine No. 2: III. Allegro
  11. Arvo Pärt: Partita Op. 2: I. Toccatina
  12. Arvo Pärt: Partita Op. 2: II. Fughetta
  13. Arvo Pärt: Partita Op. 2: III. Larghetto
  14. Arvo Pärt: Partita Op. 2: IV. Ostinato
  15. Arvo Pärt: Für Alina