• June 14, 2019

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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I found two relatively recent performances mentioned here and herebut nothing upcoming. Breaking out as it now does from the stillness of the psalm, the effect of an apocalyptic vision is all the more terrifying. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Miserere (Pärt)

Each of its arpeggios is followed by a pause before the voice miseere up the next word, making sophisticated use of the Hocket technique employed by medieval masters to separate the instrumental from the vocal lines. Later, the warm, deep tones of the bass clarinet begin aprt provide the first connecting links of sound.

You are commenting using your WordPress. A statement from the clarinet follows every word, not so much commentative miserwre dialogic. How else could the day of Judgement be represented in the music of man except suddenly and unexpectedly, rendering all conventional methods of creating musical climax powerless?

This disc has been with me arco nearly half my life. Following the silence coloured by the sound of the bell and after the seven stanzas of the Dies lrae, a new beginning unfolds. Think I have a chance? Composition Artist Credits Sarah was ninety-years old.

The music rises from the depths to higher spheres, slowly developing from a paralyzing despondency through the finer nuances of dance and then to fullness, depth, and surprising dramatic power. Thank you for this wonderful and insightful review.

Even if the full intricacy of the procedure reveals itself only on paper, there is a sense of mystical dialogue about the result that miserefe one will miss.


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. We arrive to an a cappella passage that is transfiguration incarnate, each soloist pawing the air like a sleeping lion. One of my great hopes is to see Miserere performed by an ensemble live.

Shopping options License request Hire request. It is an essay in minimalist ritual, expressed in two alternating textures. The former tonic now becomes a leading tone, and the first melismata appear.

Arvo Pärt Centre: Arvo Pärt – Miserere

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On its own it would have been a breathtaking piece, with its shrieking choir, blaring brass, full organ and clanging bells. The clarinet can accommodate itself to spanning large intervals, thus enabling it to sustain a zrvo against the three-beat rhythm of the singing voice.

Email required Address never made public. To be able to use Universal Edition in full range, we recommend activating Javascript in your browser. You are commenting using your Twitter account. I have misererd the piece live last Saterday the agvo of January in Amsterdam and have put the performance recorded by the radio station with some pictures of the concert at YouTube.

That drama comes at the end of the world when the divine, assuming the musical form of the requiem’s Dies Irae, breaks in upon the penitential world of man. When the great cry of childbirth finally comes, its agony is all the greater for its having been awaited so long.

Sarah dates from ; the Misererea setting of Psalm 51, by contrast is brand new 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 David take turns singing the prophetic text of Thomas de Celano died without pause and miesrere senza fine.


This process repeats until the organ makes its misetere entrance, even miseerere Leonard pushes her voice to dizzying heights. Its selection of verses from Genesis tells how Sarah was miraculously brought with child by the will of the Lord, giving birth to Isaac at the unheard-of age of During this segment, the five vocal soloists haltingly repeat some of the syllables from the text sung by the choir, so that, after the descent expressed in thefirst seven stanzas of the Dies lrae interpolation, the listener is finally transported upwards.

Suffice it to say that its magic lies in its stillness.

The booklet is paft in white space, and shuns page numbers, nice touches of design that complement the music and reflect the general thoughtfulness pervading the whole issue. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Your closing statement on the review resonated so much with me.

To give weight to what is said, a pause follows each word, appropriate to the sound and sense of the utterance. Sarah was ninety-years old. A lone voice begins to sing.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. A wind section breathes through every pause like a ghostly antiphon and provides a dark interlude.

Pärt Miserere; Festina lente; Sarah was ninety-yearsold

Between the fourth and fifth verses of the psalm an implacable drum-roll heralds the coming of the Day of Wrath and its rain of fire. Troped into it, however, is the torso of a Dies iraesketched inwhich Part never finished. The Miserere in particular drew me into a love of singing. Notify me of new comments via email. I try so hard to capture something of the music on these albums and am glad it carries across.