CD Reviews - 1980s

In this page you can browse a selection of CDs with works by Arvo Pärt that were released in the 1980s, with catalogue details and reviews. CDs are listed by release date, the most recent releases appearing first.

2 albums listed.


10 October 1988 | ECM Records 837109

The Hilliard Ensemble - Paul Hillier (conductor) - Melinda Maxwell - Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (organ)
Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Johannem Editorial Review
You might expect that Pärt's meditative, detached style (with little distinction between consonance and dissonance, or overt emotion) wouldn't wear well through a 70-minute Passion in Latin without even a break between tracks (actually, there's just one). The roles are distinguished only by scoring: the Evangelist's narration is taken by four singers and a few instruments in various combinations: Pilate is a deliberate tenor; Jesus, a cavernous bass singing very slowly. However, if you listen calmly and attentively, this work will transport you. When Jesus sings (slowly, on a simple five-note scale), "It is finished", and the Evangelist quartet intones on a single note, "And bowing his head he gave up the spirit," it's heartbreaking. The choir's huge crescendo through the final nine-word prayer is stunning.


1 July 1988 | ECM Records 817764

Stuttgart State Orchestra - Dennis Russell Davies (conductor) - Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra - Saulus Sondeckis (conductor) - Gidon Kremer - Keith Jarrett
Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten - Fratres for 12 cellos - Fratres for violin and piano - Tabula rasa
Review coming soon ...