Arvo Pärt: Stabat Mater (2020)

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Gloriae Dei Cantores

Richard K. Pugsley

ARVO PÄRT’S MUSIC IS DEEPLY ROOTED IN HIS PROFOUND FAITH AND AIMS TO TOUCH THE SOUL.

Modest about his achievements yet authentically convinced about the role of his music in today’s world, Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) is today’s most performed “classical” composer. For the past forty years, Pärt’s compositions have shown and spoken the influence of multiple layers and global influences – the music of the Orthodox Church, bells, Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, a compositional technique he developed called “tintinnabuli”, and…silence. This particular recording offers a unique cross-section of Pärt’s choral works, revealing the heart, soul and mind of a true master of his language in both text and music.

The expressive beauty and clarity of his music shines through the joyful dance-like rhythms of Peace Upon You, Jerusalem and the glorious setting of Mary’s own words in the Magnificat. Pärt’s masterful setting of L’abbé Agathon sets the scene of an ancient 4th century story of the chance (or was it?) meeting of the hermit Agathon and a leper. After several testings of the hermit’s patience and his generosity, the leper reveals himself to be an angel, and blesses the hermit Agathon, and goes on his way. The final work – one of Arvo Pärt’s largest choral works is Stabat Mater, written to express the passion, agony and love of Mary at the foot of the cross of her son.

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Arvo Pärt: Stabat Mater (2020)

Part

Gloriae Dei Cantores

    Classics Today -

"... a recording of deeply felt performances that are always mindful of allowing the unadorned simplicity, the stark beauty and unpretentiousness of Pärt’s music to flower."

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    OrthoChristian.com

Superb...Superlative...Intimate and spacious at the same time, with all nuances of voice and instrument flawlessly presented to the listener.

    GBOpera.it

Gloriae Dei Cantores...under the direction of Richard K. Pugsley, interprets these works with great technical mastery (homogenity, attention to dynamics, phrasing)... creating pure atmospheres of enchantment, which truly touch the heart and soul of the listener, transporting them to a high and profound spiritual dimension.

    FANFARE -

An exquisite disc of choral music by Arvo Pärt

Henry Vogel

Arvo Pärt: Stabat Mater (2020)

Part

Gloriae Dei Cantores

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Producer: Richard K. Pugsley, Paul Tingley (Co-Producer)
Recording Engineer: Brad Michel, Dan Pfeiffer
Recording Location: Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, MA in September 2018, May 2019 & September 2019
Recording Software: Pyramix. Merging Technologies

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Peace Upon You, Jerusalem
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2.
L'abbe Agathon
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3.
Salve Regina
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00:11:35   N/A
4.
Magnificat
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5.
Nunc dimittis
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6.
Stabat Mater
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