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Nunc Dimittis Tribute to Caes


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  • Performer: Edison Elora Festival Singers
  • Composer: Part
  • Audio CD (Sept. 26 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
  • ASIN: B000H4VZE4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction: Ad Libitum - Ode I: 'O Jesus The Son Of God, Have Mercy Upon Us'
2. Ode II: 'O Most Holy Birth-giver Of God, Save Us'
3. Ode III: 'O Holy Saint Nicholas, pray To God For Us' Coda: Ad Libtitum
4. Tribute To Caesa, St. Matthew 22, 15-22
5. Nunc Dimittis, St. Luke 2, 29-32
6. Ode VII (Memento)
7. I Am The True Vine
8. The Woman With The Alabaster Box, St. Matthew 26, 6-13
9. After The Victory
10. Mother Of God And Virgin

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During the past 20 years, Arvo P'rt has consolidated his reputation as one of the most significant contemporary composers with a sequence of magnificent sacred choral works. Dating from between 1990 and 2001, the works on this recording exemplify P'rt's m

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It really is extraordinary these days for the music of a living composer to have multiple recordings and for those recordings to become best-sellers, but that is precisely what has happened with the music of Arvo Pärt, the 71-year-old Estonian composer whose choral music on sacred texts has become wildly popular, even among non-classical-music fans. There is something ethereally attractive about the music. It helps that it is unfailingly tonal, has a serenity that is sorely needed in these troubled days, and that it has attracted performances by such marvelous groups as the Elora Festival Singers on the present disc. The Elora singers are surely one of the best professional choral groups in North American, not to say the world. It is made up of singers drawn from the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and has been singing together for twenty-five years under its founder, Noel Edison. I raved about their previous recording, also on Naxos, of Pärt's 'Berliner Messe.' And this review is also a rave. It is rare that someone comes into my home, hears a snippet of a recording and wants not only to know who and what it is but wants to get a copy for themselves. That has happened with this recording and I notice that although the CD has been available at Amazon for less than a month, it is already one of their classical bestsellers. No surprise, really, since this is immediately attractive music sung exquisitely, impeccably, sensitively by the Elora Singers.

Most of the works recorded here have been recorded before, but never better. They are pieces written in the decade between 1990 (Triodion) and 2001 (Bogoróditse Djévo [Mother of God and Virgin]).
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Exquisite A Cappella Choral Music Exquisitely Sung Oct. 25 2006
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It really is extraordinary these days for the music of a living composer to have multiple recordings and for those recordings to become best-sellers, but that is precisely what has happened with the music of Arvo Pärt, the 71-year-old Estonian composer whose choral music on sacred texts has become wildly popular, even among non-classical-music fans. There is something ethereally attractive about the music. It helps that it is unfailingly tonal, has a serenity that is sorely needed in these troubled days, and that it has attracted performances by such marvelous groups as the Elora Festival Singers on the present disc. The Elora singers are surely one of the best professional choral groups in North American, not to say the world. It is made up of singers drawn from the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and has been singing together for twenty-five years under its founder, Noel Edison. I raved about their previous recording, also on Naxos, of Pärt's 'Berliner Messe.' And this review is also a rave. It is rare that someone comes into my home, hears a snippet of a recording and wants not only to know who and what it is but wants to get a copy for themselves. That has happened with this recording and I notice that although the CD has been available at Amazon for less than a month, it is already one of their classical bestsellers. No surprise, really, since this is immediately attractive music sung exquisitely, impeccably, sensitively by the Elora Singers.

Most of the works recorded here have been recorded before, but never better. They are pieces written in the decade between 1990 (Triodion) and 2001 (Bogoróditse Djévo [Mother of God and Virgin]). All the texts are religious, most of them in English or church Latin; the non-English texts are translated and the English texts supplied in the accompanying booklet. All have a radiantly reverential quality accomplished at least partly by Pärt's use of melodies influenced by Gregorian chant and accompanied by what he calls 'tintinnabuli', the simple bell-like triadic harmonies underlying them. This approach has a trance-like or meditative quality that many people, even non-religious types (myself included), find irresistible.

One last comment: on the basis of the inclusion of Ode VII (Memento) from Pärt's 1994 'Kanon Pokajanen', his longest extended work since the St. John Passion, I would love to find that the Elora Festival Singers intend to record the whole thing.

Strong recommendation.

Scott Morrison
Arvo Part does not disappoint... Aug. 10 2010
By Eric S. Kim - Published on Amazon.com
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Ever since I've listened to Arvo Part's Te Deum from beginning to end, I was destined to delve more into the composer's music. What I admire most about Part's compositions is how heavenly and ambient they are. There's mostly a structurally simplistic but emotionally complex style attached to them. From Litany to Berliner Messe, it's almost divine. Now, I purchase this Naxos CD which contains some of his 20th-century choral works (all but one are from the 1990's). The CD did not disappoint, and the music really delivers. The longest piece here is called Triodion, which is 13+ minutes long. The rest of the compositions (Nunc dimittis, The Woman with the Alabester Box, Tribute to Caesar, etc.) range between 5 to ten minutes (the final piece on the CD is only a minute-and-a-half long, but it's a great closer). All of the works are equally mesmerizing, and showcase Part's unshakable musical abilities as a choral composer. If you're into Part's music and want to go even deeper into his musical world, then this should be an absolute purchase. Or if you haven't even heard of this composer and would like to try some of his music out, then consider this CD as an excellent introduction.

Grade: A-
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ancient and New... March 26 2009
By Thomas McGovern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Arvo Part is like listening to Gd Breath.
His music both summons and transcends temporal reality.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
harkens back to classics Jan. 9 2007
By nan - Published on Amazon.com
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I am overwhelmed the beautiful melodic tones of his work. The coral sections are so beautiful and have a feel of meloncholy but with a sense of traditional classic choral music. I recommend his work to those who love Bill Douglas.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Part, always great June 2 2008
By Gregory J. Kirnie - Published on Amazon.com
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The usual Part; resonant, hauting, spiritual, relaxing. Even better is that I prefer his vocal works to his instremental.


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