Part - Symphony No.4
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Label: ECM New Series
Cat No: 4763957
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 23rd August 2010
ArtistsLos Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Arvo Pärt returns to symphonic structure and scope in a new work scored for string orchestra, harp, tympani and percussion: the Symphony No. 4 ‘Los Angeles’. Almost 40 years after his Third Symphony, the Estonian composer wrote his Fourth for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen – and ECM releases their premiere performance, recorded live in January 2009, to celebrate Pärt’s 75th birthday.
This is the first symphonic work Pärt has written since developing his “tintinnabulation” style. A composition in three movements, it opens with characteristically shimmering suspended chords, and an extraordinary journey begins.
"The symphony is large”, wrote Mark Swed in the Los Angeles Times, “and exceedingly beautiful.”
The Fourth Symphony is both literally and figuratively a 'musical setting', based on an underlying text. Canon of the Guardian Angel forms the work’s point of departure, determining its structure down to the smallest details. The 37-minute work is augmented on disc by a new montage of “fragments” of Kanon Pokajanen, a piece which Pärt feels is closely related to the symphony: “To my mind, the two works belong together and form a stylistic unity.”
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