The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Arvo Pärt & JS Bach

Arvo Pärt & JS Bach
2 - 13 February 2019
Tickets from $49
Richard Tognetti opens our 2019 Season with a program that will reach celestial heights as the famed Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir joins us for a celebration of Bach and Arvo Pärt. Ethereal and otherworldly, this is music by two towering composers searching for the very core of human meaning.

Bach’s sublime Lutheran motets interleave with Pärt’s mystical explorations of the Orthodox faith, before reaching the climax of the program: Pärt’s Berliner Messe.

Fellow Estonian Galina Grigorjeva’s In Paradisum, with its joyous call on the angels to lead souls into heaven, leads our own program into paradise, while Peter Sculthorpe’s Djilile, inspired by Indigenous song, makes a resonant Australian introduction to Pärt’s luminous Messe.


“The Estonian Philharmonic wove these immaculately intricate polyphonic fabrics with unmannered clarity and purity of line and tone…” 
- Sydney Morning Herald

“A rewarding and stimulating experience” 
- The Australian

“A compelling, emotive performance” 
- Limelight Magazine

“It’s impossible to conceive of a better performance of this music.” 
- The Advertiser


Performance Detail

BACHKomm, Jesu, komm
BACHSinget dem Herrn ein neues Lied
BACHLobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
BACHDer Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf
SCULTHORPE DjilileDjilile
Concert duration
117 mins (incl interval)
Concert program
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Arvo Pärt & JS Bach
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Estonian Philharmonic Choir in the forest.

Podcast: The sound of Arvo Pärt

Henry Tiisma, singer for the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, talks about all things Arvo Pärt.

ABC Classic

ABC Classic broadcast this concert on February 10 , 2019 at 12:00pm.
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