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Arvo Part – Berliner Messe (1990-1992)

I am not a religious person but I love the work of the Estonian minimalist composer Arvo Part who specialises in the production of sublime sacred and choral music. I have previously posted his magnificent Tabula Rasa here.

Wikipedia helpfully (but drily) describes the piece thus:

Commissioned for the 90th Katholikentag in 1990, it was originally scored for SATB soloists and organ. Pärt later revised the piece for chorus and string orchestra. Pärt uses his tintinnabuli technique throughout, with movements taking many forms within that style—flowing from quietly reverent duets between parts to full chorus proclamations of faith.

Two recordings, my favourite “part” of this mass – the Credo – and then the whole magnificent piece.

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