Arvo Part: Portrait

  • Код: AN28731
  • Производитель: Analekta Records (CA)
  • Код производителя: 0774204873127
  • Цена: 58.99 zł
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Współczesna Muzyka Klasyczna
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kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: Canada
opakowanie: digipackowe etui

One of Canada's most prominent virtuoso violinists, Angele Dubeau has performed on the world's greatest stages in a spectacular career that has spanned more than thirty years and over thirty countries. While her talent, virtuosity and musicality have been recognized with many awards over the years, audiences have adopted her above all for her captivating performances, her generosity, her passion, her unparalleled communications skills, and her exceptional ability to connect with them. She founded La Pieta in 1997, an all-female string ensemble that varies in size, featuring some Canada's best musicians. What she could not have known at the time was that this experiment, originally conceived of for periodic recordings, would gradually occupy all of her time.

Arvo Pärt: A Portrait, a collection of performances by Canadian violinist Angele Dubeau and her string ensemble La Pieta, is easily among the finest recordings devoted to Pärt's instrumental music. It includes his best-known works for strings, with the exception of Fratres, in performances of exceptional purity that get at the heart of his uniquely simple, chaste, and directly communicative music. Dubeau can easily dazzle with the virtuosity of her technique and magnetism of her personality, but she puts herself wholeheartedly in the service of Pärt's self-effacing aesthetic and elicits performances of the same kind of sensitivity and restraint from La Pieta. Soloist and ensemble beautifully achieve the white sound Pärt describes as essential to his music, a whiteness that's not the absence of color, but a glowing, luminescent whiteness. This performance of Tabula rasa, for two violins, strings, and prepared piano has a hushed reverence that makes it the mystical experience the composer wanted it to be. Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, one of the composer's most miraculously simple scores, is played with a wrenching intensity that gives eloquent voice to the depth of his grief. The rarity on the disc is Wallfahrtslied, Pärt's eccentric setting of Psalm 121, for unison men's voices and strings, in which the voices chant on a single tone for long stretches at a time, changing pitch only four times over the course of the piece. The string part is no less inscrutable, with little apparent relationship to the text, but even in its oddness, the work has a mysterious power, particularly when played and sung with the conviction here. Spiegel im Spiegel, one of the composer's most popular works, closes the CD, like a benediction, with a mood of radiant sweetness and serenity. Analekta's sound is immaculate and strongly present. This disc would be a terrific introduction to Pärt's instrumental music for anyone not familiar with it, but because of the outstanding quality of the performances, it should also be of interest even to ardent fans who may already have recordings of these works.
by Stephen Eddins

1. Summa 5:05
2. Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten 7:10

3-4. Tabula Rasa
I. Ludus 10:07
II. Silentium 15:47

5. Wallfahrtslied (Pilgrim's Song) 8:54

6. Mozart-Adagio 6:04

7. Spiegel im spiegel 8:23

total time - 01:02:00
wydano: November, 2009 - December, 2009

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