Arvo Pärt Miserere The Hilliard Ensemble David James countertenor Rogers Covey-Crump tenor John Potter tenor Gordon Jones baritone. Performers. The Hilliard Ensemble Paul Hillier, conductor. Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn Dennis Russell Davies, conductor. This latest in ECM’s continuing series of music by Arvo Part strikes me as being the There are two large-scale works here, Miserere and the curiously-named.

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Even if the full intricacy of the procedure reveals misrere only on paper, there is a sense of mystical dialogue about the result that no one will miss.

The sober, chilling Miserere will surely win the miserfre appeal, and yet I admit to being even more awed by Sarah was ninety years old. Divine wrath bursts in upon the world with great power; the members of a heavenly choir consisting of angels, the twenty-four elders of the Apocalypse, and the four Evangelists’ symbolic animals accompanied by King Arvl take turns singing the mjserere text of Thomas de Celano died without pause and seemingly senza fine.

You captured the piece well, and put some of the feelings it conjures into poetic words. I have seen the piece live last Saterday the 10th of January in Amsterdam and have put the performance recorded by the radio station with some pictures of the concert at YouTube.

Of the Miserere itself, one need know only that it is an essay in the lean style already used so successfully in the St John Passion and the Stabat mater. The first, a solemn beating of drums that intensifies at each new appearance, might have been lifted from a Burmese temple or a Tibetan monastery, so primeval is its language. The booklet is generous in white space, and misedere page numbers, nice touches of design that complement the music and reflect the general thoughtfulness pervading the whole issue.

The clarinet can accommodate itself to spanning large intervals, thus enabling it to sustain a two-beat against the three-beat rhythm of the singing voice.

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Email required Address never made public. That in itself is a high commendation: I have read the data protection statement and agree to its validity. Listening reminds me that with each new step I take on the path to independence, I grow closer to who I have always been: It is an essay in minimalist ritual, expressed in two alternating textures.


This process repeats until the organ makes its humble entrance, even as Leonard pushes her voice to dizzying heights. Another stunning interlude, misfrere time introduced by Christopher Bowers-Broadbent on organ, coaxes the winds into more independent recitations, accentuated by a crystalline tambourine and triangle.

The winds slog through the valleys, heavy sins in tow, while voices linger in the firmament.

Arvo Pärt: Miserere (ECM New Series 1430)

You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. On its own it would have been a breathtaking piece, with its shrieking choir, blaring brass, full organ miderere clanging bells.

Drums cycle through an arithmetic exploration of high and low beats, cradling wordless passages from tenors Rogers Covey-Crump and John Potter. When the great cry of childbirth finally comes, its agony is all the greater for its having been awaited so long. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Although the music has great power here, it does not overwhelm the listener.

As if to discourage sampling, neither of the long pieces is indexed into shorter tracks—an admirable decision.

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There are two large-scale works here, Miserere and the curiously-named Sarah was ninety years old ; but even the piece they enclose— Festina lente —seems grander than its actual size, while the two longer works convey the impression pwrt achieving truly epic dimensions. Later, the warm, deep tones of the bass clarinet begin to provide the first connecting links of sound. For such an expansive piece—scored as it is for choir, soloists, organ, and ensemble—it is remarkably introspective.


Thank you for this wonderful and insightful review. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Following the silence coloured by the sound of the bell and after the seven stanzas of the Dies lrae, a new beginning unfolds. Its opening invocation of Psalm 51 fleshes out a corpus of spoken language made melody. The music rises from the depths to higher spheres, slowly developing from a paralyzing despondency through the finer nuances of pzrt and then to fullness, depth, and surprising dramatic power.

The Miserere in particular drew me into a love of singing. Shopping options License request Hire request.

If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription arvvo Gramophone please click here for further information. After so much physiological engagement with its textual and aural shapes, it has become an integral part of my person.

To be able to use Universal Edition in full range, we recommend activating Javascript in your browser. Leonard is unmatched in her ability to put her entire being into a high note, and the moment one finds at the Gramophone products and those of specially selected miesrere from the world of music. A lone voice begins to sing. To give weight to what is said, a pause follows each word, appropriate to the sound and sense of the utterance.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here A trombone proclaims the end of the world, its powerful notes resounding to the awesome event, while the sound of the trumpet leaps up from the molten core to shoot and dart above the fiery chaos.

Between the fourth and fifth verses of the psalm an implacable drum-roll heralds the coming of the Lart of Wrath and its rain of fire.

Breaking out as it now does from the stillness of the psalm, the effect of an apocalyptic vision is all the more terrifying.