December 3, 2012 – 4:28 am

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A Portrait (Part VII) [no label, 3CD]

Live at various venues and dates. All titles are from various 192kbps (MPEG-Layer 3) webcasts except CD2, Track 01, which came from a Tascam DR-05 digital audio recording. Excellent audio.

For those not steeped in the classical or the canonical, the phrase, “transcend, purify, glorious”, will call to mind Neil Diamond’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull. But it too describes, somewhat simplistically, Estonian composer Arvo Part’s music.

Arvo Part wrote some of the saddest music ever heard and his music is more suited to the Lenten period. But a case can also be made for Part’s music to be played during the Advent season, especially for those who want something contemplative and meditative. Probably, the three Missa Brevis tracks on Disc Two - Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei (Gloria and Benedictus were not performed/broadcast?) - might not seem out of place on Christmas morning. After all, what’s death if there is no birth? [Better suited to the Christmas mood might be Part’s more “uplifting” Kanon Pokajanen and Fur Alina.]

Stephen Eddins, reviewing Part’s Tabula Rasa album at, wrote:

The 1984 ECM album Tabula Rasa was the vehicle that introduced the revolutionary music of Arvo Pärt to audiences outside Eastern Europe and initiated what was to become one of the most extraordinary musical careers of the late 20th century. Like many of the first generation American minimalists, he limited himself to diatonic harmonies and generated pieces by setting processes in motion, but the radical simplicity he achieved was the result of religious contemplation that was at least as, if not more, formative than his quest for a new musical aesthetic. The result was music suffused by an unhurried, luminous serenity, and while it was distinctly contemporary, it had an archaic quality that tied it to the music of the very distant past.

For the past few years, Neetelbaers has been collecting and compiling Arvo Part’s music from various sources and then sharing them at Dime. This is Part VII.

Here’s thanks to Neetelbaers for all the efforts.

Front cover, modified from artwork by xlnt77 - Thanks!

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Disc 1 (total time 79:47)
Tabula Rasa, double concerto for two violins, string orchestra, and prepared piano (1977)
Track 101. Tabula Rasa 1(11:15) (15.4MB)
Track 102. Tabula Rasa 2 (17:55) (24.6MB)
Henning Kraggerud (violin)
Pascal Meyer (piano)
Simone Lamsma (violin)
Radio Kamer Filharmonie - Martyn Brabbins
Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam, June 14, 2012

Track 103. Spiegel im Spiegel, for violin or cello and piano (1978) (arr.) (10:00) (13.7MB)
Tjeerd Top - violin
Lavinia Meijer - harp
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, April 17, 2011

Track 104. The Woman With The Alabaster Box, for mixed choir a cappella (1999) (5:15) (7.2MB)

Track 105. De Profundis, for men’s voices, percussion (ad lib.) and organ (1980) (5:10) (7.1MB)

Track 106. O Weisheit (from: “O-Antiphonen”) (1:30) (2.0MB)
The Sixteen - Harry Christophers
Cathedral, Hereford, August 9, 2011

Track 107. Stabat Mater, for three voices and string trio (1985) (28:42) (39.4MB)
Goeyvaerts Trio, Vox Luminis
Arminius, Rotterdam, September 15, 2012

Disc 2 (total time 74:32)
Track 201. Pari intervallo, for organ (1976/80) (4:09) (5.7MB)
Klaus Geitner - Organ
Himmelfahrtskirche, Munich, November 4, 2012

Track 202. Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten (1977) (8:10) (11.2MB)
Nordiska Kammarorkestern - Ragnar Bohlin
Gustav Adolfskyrkan, Sundsval, November 1, 2012

Missa Brevis (2010)
Track 203. Kyrie (3:29) (4.8MB)
Track 204. Sanctus (1:24) (1.9MB)
Track 205. Agnus Dei (3:02) (4.1MB)
Cello Octet Amsterdam
Hervormde Kerk, Den Bosch, November 13, 2011

Track 206. Litany for soloists, chorus and orchestra (1994) (29:55) (41.1MB)
Cardinall’s Musick
Cappella Amsterdam
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest - Reinbert de Leeuw
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, May 18, 2005

Track 207. Stabat Mater, for three voices and string trio (1985) (24:23) (33.5MB)
Delta Ensemble - Jos Leussink
Charlotte Riedijk (soprano)
Wilke te Brummelstroete (alto)
Ludy Vrijdag (tenor)
Nederlands-Hervormde Kerk, Den Bosch, March 19, 1988

Disc 3 (63:45)
[One continuous track, split here - arbitrarily - for easier access]
Track 301. Passio - Part 1 (13.5MB)
Track 302. Passio - Part 2 (22.2MB)
Track 303. Passio - Part 3 (12.4MB)
Track 304. Passio - Part 4 (25.8MB)
Track 305. Passio - Part 5 (13.5MB)
Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem for soloists, vocal ensemble, choir and instrumental ensemble (1982) (63:45)
- St. John Passion: Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem
- Et adduxerunt eum ad Annam primum (Jesus is interrogated by the high priest and denied by Peter)
- Adducunt ergo Jesum a Caipha in praetorium (Jesus is judged by Pilate and reviled by the people)
- Tunc ergo tradidit eis illum ut crucifigeretur (Jesus is crucified at Golgotha)
Delta Ensemble - Jos Leussink
Asko Koor
Klaas Hoek - organ
Nederlands-Hervormde Kerk, Den Bosch, March 19, 1988

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  1. 12 Responses to “ARVO PART - A PORTRAIT”

  2. gorecki! we need gorecki! as great as part is, we need gorecki! esp 1st symphony. can’t find it anywhere…

    thanx for this!

    By r harper on Dec 3, 2012

  3. I love this mans work,saw him in London taking a reluctant bow after a concert a little hairy man in a dark brown corduroy suit.The concert blew me away,classical ambience. Lovely Thanx for the trax.

    By BLUEFOOD on Dec 3, 2012

  4. This is my first time listening to Part. I like what I’m hearing so far…

    By YogaforCynics on Dec 3, 2012

  5. for anyone new to part, get the ECM CD “Litany” - truly worthy of the overused word ‘awesome’…happy holidays everyone. Let’s all pray for peace.

    By r harper on Dec 4, 2012

  6. right with ya, harper. More Gorecki indeed. Though Arvo Part is always a pleasant surprise. It’s crazy… so many music postings here seem so, well, to be tactful: “unnecessary” (holding my tounge here, guys), then something stellar like this appears. My reward for keeping my big mouth shut. Good job, B-O!

    By lowendbill on Dec 4, 2012

  7. Would love the other volumes…Thanks for this!

    By Rob on Dec 5, 2012

  8. I too am completely head over heals for Arvo Paart. His music is so gorgeous that I cannot leave any recording without hearing the complete piece. This has never happened to me except when I heard King Crimson for the first time in 1969. Thank you so much.

    By lanzarishi on Dec 7, 2012

  9. man I’ve always loved this guys work, have all the ECMs and other releases. would love to get the chance to hear the other parts of this series, if available anywhere?

    By Mike on Dec 9, 2012

  10. Many thanks for sharing, first time I listen to this artist, I like this music a lot !

    By bzh55 on Dec 11, 2012

  11. Don’tDON’T miss this!!! Absolutely beautiful all-enveloping music, far deeper, evocative and spiritual for the xmas season than all the goddamn pukey wallet-greasing dept. store-garbage aural seasonal sludge they sledgehammer your ears with in December.

    By lowendbill on Dec 11, 2012

  12. there’s quite a bit to arvo part - the ‘classical’ bits, the choral bits - but 90% of it to me is very calming, yet exciting because it so successfully drags me into anticipating (while still wondering) what his compositions are going to do.

    kanon pokajanen remains my favorite, but these are such a great thing to immerse yourself in for calm in these trying, confusing times.

    thanks for posting and THANKS to the guy who compiled this!

    By rocdoc on Dec 17, 2012

  13. there was a previous arvo part offering here, a bbc performance.

    thanks for this one, bigO!


    By I-) on Dec 22, 2012

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