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Dive In: Arvo Pärt & JS Bach

Posted on 20 Aug 2018 by Bernard Rofe

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

The ACO's resident librarian and music expert Bernard Rofe has collated a preview of the music and composers that will appear in Arvo Pärt & JS Bach.

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

The famed Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir join Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra for a celebration of Bach & Arvo Pärt. If you’re unfamiliar with this sublime ensemble then their introductory video should bring you up to speed.

BACH Motets

Of all Bach’s output, it is his religious vocal music that epitomises what music truly meant to him. Most of these motets are written for funerals, but traverse a world of ideas and meanings in Bach’s search for the spiritual heart of human existence.

ARVO PÄRT Berliner Messe

The Berliner Messe was commissioned for Berlin’s Catholic Day celebrations in 1990. Originally written for choir and organ, Pärt reworked the organ part for string orchestra in 1997, forming a reverent, archaic sound world of otherworldly power.

ARVO PÄRT Da pacem Domine

Da pacem Domine was commissioned by early music specialist Jordi Savall in memory of the 2004 Madrid train bombings. It has since been reworked for various combinations of choir and string orchestra, but maintains a sublimely meditative, timeless quality that is the antidote to troubled times.


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