June 10, 2009 – 4:23 am

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Symphony No. 4 “Los Angeles” [no label, 1CD]

Orchestra Filarmonica di Helsinki (dir: Cem Mansur)
Live in Helsinki, Finland, April 16, 2009. European premiere. Very good radio broadcast.

Some would consider Estonian composer Arvo Part a cult figure and it is heartbreaking to think that every Lenten period, classical lovers would reach out for Handel’s Messiah instead of Part’s Passio or Miserere. It is their loss as Part has written some of the saddest music ever.

But not all is gloom and doom with Part whose music would be considered spiritual - the Kanon Pokajanen and Fur Alina contain some of his most uplifting music.

Not so with Symphony No. 4 “Los Angeles”. Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Part has dedicated this piece of work to Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, a Russian oil oligarch whose political aspirations angered Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin and who was sent to a Siberian prison after being convicted of fraud and tax evasion in 2005. Part wrote: “With my composition, I would like to reach out my hand, extending it to the prisoner, and in his person to all those imprisoned without rights in Russia.”

While the piece does not unleash the full force of Part’s creativity, it nevertheless underlines Part’s humanity - in this case, man’s inhumanity to fellow men. The music is poignant, filled with sadness, interspersed with moments of what feels like terror, and continues with even more sadness. In the face of injustice, Part can only highlight the plight of those who are suffering. And even then, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, there is no respite.

Symphony No. 4 “Los Angeles” received its world premiere on January 10, 2009 in Los Angeles and it could easily be the theme music for all Internal Security Act detainees (in Malaysia and $ingapore), victims of the Tiananmen Massacre in China and anyone who has suffered under the yoke of oppression.

Thanks to baraka who shared the tracks on the Dime site and to xlnt77 for the artwork.

These tracks are no longer available for download (see note below).

Track 01. Symphony No. 4 “Los Angeles” - I
Track 02. Symphony No. 4 “Los Angeles” - II
Track 03. Symphony No. 4 “Los Angeles” - III

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  1. 7 Responses to “ARVO PART - SYMPHONY No. 4 “LOS ANGELES””

  2. Thanks for this one, a very enjoyable piece of music. Keep the classical coming!

    By Phil on Jun 10, 2009

  3. Arvo Pärt ist one of the greatest contemporary composers - - zhank you, BigO, for presenting him here . .

    solong: Bill.Bo

    By Bill.Bo on Jun 11, 2009

  4. A wonderful performance, and a fitting tribute to Los Angeles. Thank you for sharing BigO.

    By R. Mark Desjardins on Jun 12, 2009

  5. What a great unexpected surprise for this site! I saw the extraordinary premiere of this piece in Los Angeles and have waited (–as in SALIVated) to be able to hear it again. Until there is an official release to acquire, this is an inspired posting. Thanx and keep up the variety!

    ** Any primo Shostakovich symphonies or string quartets lurking out there?

    *** not to mention, some iggy pop?

    By LowendBill on Jun 13, 2009

  6. Thank you for posting this. I recently saw the east coast debut and was excited to hear it again.

    By Nate on Jun 25, 2009

  7. Unfortunately, I found this site after the downloads had been removed. The images look like a CD, but it does not seem to be available anywhere - is it available through this site?

    By Larry Benjamin on Dec 23, 2009

  8. Hello Larry. Thanks for your note. Someone created artwork for this recording; but we do not have a copy for sale. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Dec 23, 2009

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