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PART. De Profundis. Theatre of Voices/Hillier

Paul Hillier (director) Theatre of Voices Audio CD
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1. De Profundis (Psalm 129)
2. Missa Sillabica: Kyrie
3. Missa Sillabica: Gloria
4. Missa Sillabica: Credo
5. Missa Sillabica: Sanctus
6. Missa Sillabica: Angus Dei
7. Missa Sillabica: Ite missa est
8. Solfeggio
9. 'And One Of The Pharisees'
10. Cantate Domino (Psalm 95)
11. Summa (Credo)
12. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O Weisheit
13. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O Adonai
14. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O Spross
15. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O Schlussel
16. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O Morgenstern
17. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O Konig
18. Seven Magnificat Antiphons: O Immanuel
19. The Beatitudes
20. Magnificat

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Marx and Lenin probably would not have appreciated the irony, but after decades of Communist repression of religion, the former Soviet bloc is the source of a profound outpouring of explicitly Christian expression. This is manifested in the music of such composers as Henryk Gorecki, a Pole, and Arvo Pärt, an Estonian. Part, a refugee from serialism, here writes in a quasi-minimalist style that he calls "tintinnabuli," a sound that echoes medieval composition. A fan of vocal music ("The human voice is the most perfect instrument of all"), he uses choruses to superb effect. This disc includes some of his best work, including the popular Magnificat, beautifully rendered by the Theatre of Voices under Paul Hillier. --Sarah Bryan Miller

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Paul Hillier découvre la musique de Arvo Pärt en 1980, au moment où le compositeur estonien vient d'émigrer à Berlin : leur première rencontre voit naître une complicité immédiate. C'était exactement le genre de musique à laquelle j'aspirais", explique Hillier, auteur d'un ouvrage sur Pärt. Enregistré en présence permanente du compositeur (ce qui permettait notamment des améliorations de l'interprétation et des mises au point), De Profundis nous offre un panorama couvrant 33 ans de vie créatrice."

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5.0 out of 5 stars a great combination, part and hilliard June 20 2004
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i purchased this CD recently and was a bit worried. i enjoy part and hillard, but the length of the pieces was often so short. i really enjoy it when part writes long, epic pieces and the vocal work really explores all types of music.
instead, what i found was a collection of many small gems, each of which combine to form the larger work i was looking for. i'm not particularily religious, but i find the deep spiritualism in part's work to be profound and soothing. this disc is no exception, as part and hillaird explore religion, theology and philosophy through music and voice.
this CD is well arranged and orchestrated, and ranks among the best of any of part's works. i've been leary of hearing part work outside of the ECM new series of recordings, but i'm happy i explored. few pairings work as well as hillaird and part, i'm thankful they share their work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power and Grace Jan. 9 2002
By L.D.
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Hillier's Theatre of Voices gives an absolutely wonderful rendering of Pärt's work. The music is amazing, recalling medieval choral music as well as contemporary ideas in musical composition. Pärt manages to touch on a wide range of feeling throughout all of these compositions, conveying emotion while maintaining the kind of austerity of sound found in medieval chant. Ultimately, the CD provides a moving and enjoyable listening experience. I would recommend it to both seasoned fans of choral music and neophytes alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic March 30 2000
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Having come across teh music of Part at a Rutgers University Glee Club Concert, and becoming instantly intrigued, I had to get this CD. The first number is, as Isay, hypnotic. I find the steady pulse of the music riveting, but somehow not monotonous. I find Part's music perfect for reading or studying, or, conversely, for listening to in a dark roo. What I find oddest is the amount of melody Ifind my ear catching; the music initially struck me as being less than melodic, but after settling in I find melodies that won't leave my head. De Profundis is worth the price of admission for the title track alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, lovely, unmatched music July 23 2001
Format:Audio CD
This music is gorgeous, whether you think you like choral music or not.
The first time I heard Arvo Part, I was browsing in a music store and stopped to listen with a pair of crummy headphones. The sounds and tone drew me into another world, one made lovely by the rich and carefully-worked composition of a master.
The recording is perfect. The music is like nothing else I've heard, more deeply-felt and inspiring than anything I'm familiar with. I would not call myself a fan of choruses, but Part's work is extraordinary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Profound Feb. 5 2004
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I picked up this wonderful gem on a whim. As sacristan for my Jesuit university campus ministry, I was looking for good and movintg religious music. This surpasses anything being marketed as "liturgical" music for churches.
Part creates music that is beatiful, moving and profound. It transported me to another world; it is a deeply moving experience. Some of these tracks have already become my favorite works of musical art as well as meditative prayers.
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