Arvo Pärt - Da pacem (2006)

Arvo Pärt

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Paul Hillier

Nine sacred pieces by Arvo Pärt including of his newest compositions, alongside works from earlier in his career. Pärt's longtime collaborator and biographer Paul Hillier leads the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and organist Christopher Browers-Broadbent in a third recording devoted to the Estonian composer.

Read more

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Tõnu Kaljuste founded the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in 1981 as a professional successor to his father Heino Kaljuste's amateur chamber choir Ellerhein. The younger Kaljuste nurtured the ensemble as its principal conductor and artistic director for 20 years, focusing the group's programs and recordings on music by Estonian composers, primarily Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis, although its full repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant and gems of the Baroque and Classical periods to contemporary compositions. The EPCC won the top prize at the 1991 Takarazuka Chamber Choir Competition in Japan and received its first Grammy nomination two years later for Te Deum. Under Paul Hillier (2001-2007), the ensemble's reputation grew more widely, even as he expanded its repertoire. Under his direction, it produced a highly praised series of recordings entitled Baltic Voices and won a Grammy in 2006 for Da Pacem. It performs and records with the world's leading conductors and orchestras and has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial collaboration with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, Daniel Reuss became the EPCC's chief conductor and artistic director. Their first recording together was of Frank Martin's oratorio Golgotha, released in 2010.

Paul Hillier

His musical interests range from medieval to contemporary music and include singing, conducting, and writing. In 1990, after many years as Music Director of the Hilliard Ensemble, he founded the Theatre of Voices and began his series of acclaimed recordings for harmonia mundi usa. From 1996 to 2003, Hillier was Director

of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. In September, 2001 he was named Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, with which he launched
a cycle of recordings exploring the choral tradition of the Baltic Sea countries. Baltic Voices 1 and Baltic Voices 2 met with unanimous praise and each won Hillier a Grammy® nomination.The Powers of Heaven, a much-admired pro- gram of Russian Orthodox sacred music, was followed by Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, Op. 37 and, most recently, by Baltic Voices 3. In 2004 Paul Hillier was awarded the Estonian Cultural Prize.

In 2002 he was made Honorary Professor in Music
at the University of Copenhagen, and in 2003 accepted the post of Chief Conductor of Vocal Group Ars Nova (Copenhagen). Hillier is the author of a monograph “Arvo Pa?rt” (1997) and editor of “The Collected Writings of Steve Reich” (2002), both published by Oxford University Press. His latest project is a book about consort singing.

Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt was born in Paide, Estonia on September 11, 1935, but spent most of his childhood in the little town of Rakvere. He studied in Tallinn, where his teachers included Harry Otsa, Veljo Tormis, and Heino Eller. Even while still a student, Pärt found work at Estonian Radio as a recording engineer, and also composed music for theatre and film productions, freelance employment which continued for a number of years. His children’s cantata Meie Aed (1959) won an all-State competition, but he also received censure for Nekrolog (1960), an orchestral work espousing serial technique. Throughout the 1960s he wrote a number of increasingly modernist instrumental works which culminated in the 1968 Credo, controversial for its religious title. He then partly withdrew from composition, to study plainsong, early music, and generally to rethink his life and approach toward composition. In 1976 he produced the first pieces in a style he called ‘tintinnabuli’ – these pieces earned him renewed criticism for their tonal simplicity and religious content, and his freedom of movement was continually restricted by the Soviet authorities. Eventually he and his wife were able to emigrate in 1980, first to Vienna, then settling in Berlin, which has remained their principal home ever since. During the 1980s and ’90s Pärt’s tintinnabuli music became internationally famous. The composer now divides his time between Berlin, England and Estonia, as well as making numerous foreign journeys to attend performances of his work.

Read more

Arvo Pärt - Da pacem (2006)

Arvo Pärt

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

    Yarlung Music

"It is almost Easter, and I noticed that Native DSD Music has an "Easter Special" going on. One extraordinary gem is Robina Young's and Brad Michel's recording of Arvo Part's 'Da Pacem' on Harmonia Mundi. I can hear Brad's effortless recording technique from the opening measures. This is an album for Easter, or for any other day of the year. Enjoy!"

Bob Attiyeh of Yarlung Music[read full review]

    Gramophone

"Hillier's interpretations are about as definitive as you can get."

Arvo Pärt - Da pacem (2006)

Arvo Pärt

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Digital Converters: Millennia preamplifier -EMM Labs AD converter
Mastering Engineer: Brad Michel
Microphones: Schoeps
Producer: Robina G. Young & Brad Michel
Recording Engineer: Brad Michel / Chris Barrett
Recording location: Nigulistekirik, Tallinn, Estonia/ track 7 Tallinn Methodist Church, Estonia
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

Quality & Channel Selection
Select Quality and Channels to calculate the price below More info

Quality

  • DXD
  • 64
  • 128
  • 256
  • 512

Channels

This album is available as ST+MCH download (Stereo + Multichannel)
Included in any DSD purchase is access to the base DSD64 resolution. All DSD capable units will be able to play DSD64.
Album Download duration price
907401DI: Arvo Pärt - Da pacem
00:59:32   Select quality & channels above
Tracks.
1.
Da pacem Domine (2004)
Arvo Pärt
00:05:45   Select quality & channels above
2.
Zwei slawische Psalmen (1984 / 1997)
Arvo Pärt
00:07:53   Select quality & channels above
3.
Psalm 117
Arvo Pärt
00:03:47   Select quality & channels above
4.
Psalm 131
Arvo Pärt
00:04:06   Select quality & channels above
5.
Magnificat (1989)
Arvo Pärt
00:07:13   Select quality & channels above
6.
An den Wassern zu Babel (1976 / 1984 / 1991)
Arvo Pärt
00:07:14   Select quality & channels above
7.
Dopo la vittoria (1996 / 1998)
Arvo Pärt
00:11:11   Select quality & channels above
8.
Nunc dimittis (2001)
Arvo Pärt
00:06:56   Select quality & channels above
9.
Littlemore Tractus (2000)
Arvo Pärt
00:05:27   Select quality & channels above

User Reviews

Other albums from this label