Arvo Part – Arbos (1987)


Title: Arbos
Year Of Release: 1987
Label: ECM New Series
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue, artwork)
Total Time: 59:18
Total Size: 253 MB


01 - Arbos
02 - An den Wassern zu Babel
03 - Pari intervallo
04 - De Profundis
05 - Es sang vor langen Jahren
06 - Summa
07 - Arbos
08 - Stabat Mater

The Hilliard Ensemble
David James - countertenor
Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor
John Potter - tenor
Gordon Jones - baritone
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent - organ
Gidon Kremer - violin
Vladimir Mendelssohn - viola
Thomas Demenga - cello
Brass Ensemble Staatsorchester Stuttgart
Dennis Russell Davies - conductor

Pärt's 1987 release, Arbos, shows the composer working within his medium, bringing forth a body of music sacred in sound and message and presenting new compositional techniques. Utilizing a limited palette of tones, arranged in repeating patterns, these works are often (understandably) categorized with the works of Glass, Reich, and Riley. The tonal palette is often borrowed from European medieval styles, and this, in conjunction with the liturgical subject matter, make these new compositions feel centuries old.

His Pari Intervello, originally scored in 1978 for wind instruments, is here recorded for solo organ. One of his more famous pieces, Stabat Mater, is presented here – an airy piece that floats just on the threshold of awareness. Scored for vocal trio and string trio, this is a simply beautiful piece – very expressive and lilting.