Part - The Symphonies | ECM New Series 4816802

Part - The Symphonies


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Label: ECM New Series

Cat No: 4816802

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 20th April 2018



NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic


Tonu Kaljuste


Part, Arvo

Symphony no.1 'Polyphonic'
Symphony no.2
Symphony no.3
Symphony no.4 'Los Angeles'


NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic


Tonu Kaljuste


All four of Arvo Pärt’s symphonies are released on a single disc for the first time, newly recorded with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic under the direction of one of Pärt’s most trusted colleagues, Tõnu Kaljuste.

Each of the symphonies, as the great Estonian composer has noted, is a world unto itself. Heard in chronological order they also tell us much about Part’s musical and spiritual journey, and the very different ways in which he has exercised his craft. Forty-five years separate his Symphony No.1 (“Polyphonic”) written in 1963 while he was still a student of Heino Eller, from his Symphony No.4 (“Los Angeles”) written in 2008, by which time he was (and still is) the world’s most widely-performed contemporary composer, and one whose now famous “tintinnabuli-style” has become an immediately identifiable artistic signature.

In presenting the works together, Tõnu Kaljuste considers them as “if they were a single grand symphony. I perceive Arvo Pärt’s creations as a biographical narrative, and hope that with the sound of the entirety of the music on this album we can refresh our memory of Pärt’s journey. It began with an entry into the neo-classical and serialist world, moved on with a composition that incorporated the use of collage, continued under the influence of early sacred music and - with the fourth symphony - arrived at a confession-like music, with a sound world supported by prayer, penitence and suffering.”

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