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Hyperion Records

SACDA67375 - Pärt: Triodion & other choral works
SACDA67375

Recording details: January 2003
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: November 2004
Total duration: 77 minutes 23 seconds

BEST IN CHORAL CATEGORY - Gramophone Awards 2004
TOP 20 DISCS OF 2003 (BBC Music Magazine/BBC Radio 3 CD REVIEW)
DISC OF THE MONTH (BBC Music Magazine)
EDITOR'S CHOICE (Gramophone)
BEST BUY, OPERA AND VOCAL (Classic FM Magazine)
DISC OF THE FORTNIGHT (Music Week)
ALBUM OF THE WEEK (BBCi)
CD REVIEW Critics' Choice 2003 (BBC Radio 3)

'a triumph … warm melodies and bursts of colourful chords … sublime, ethereal beauty … Polyphony's is a gorgeous performance' (Gramophone)

'The heartfelt conviction of these pieces registers profoundly with Stephen Layton, who draws sublime singing from Polyphony … The choir's pursuit of perfection ideally complements the sheer beauty of the music' (Classic FM Magazine)

'More than any other composer alive today, Arvo Pärt has given us back the idea of eloquent, beautiful simplicity … Stephen Layton and Polyphony seem to have found an ideal balance of intensity and dignified elegance, of sensuousness and purity. The recordings, too, could hardly be better … This disc deserves the widest possible success' (BBC Music Magazine)

'ought to sell by the bucket-load' (Editor, BBC Music Magazine)

'The singing on this disc is little short of stunning: Polyphony's sense of ensemble is second to none, and conductor Stephen Layton paces these works with an unerring sense of Pärt's instinctive feeling for space and texture. The recording, in London's Temple Church, adds a luminuous aura of its own … a deeply satisfying listening experience' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Layton's superb choir responds eagerly to the different challenges of the various choral traditions from which these pieces derive' (The Sunday Times—'The Month' CD-Rom)

'Polyphony give meticulous performances … Perhaps the most powerful piece is the haunting Burns setting for countertenor, My Heart's in the Highlands, beautifully performed by David James and Christopher Bowers-Broadbent' (The Sunday Times, Culture)

'There's a line in this disc's title track, from an Orthodox ode addressed to Saint Nicholas: "therewithal hast thou acquired: by humility—greatness, by poverty—riches". This might have been written about Arvo Pärt's compositional technique, here liberated from the minimalist strictures of earlier decades, treading a fine line between agony and ecstasy in a way unparalleled since Bach … Arvo Pärt's new disc of choral music conveys a quiet and cumulative power, given performances of luminous purity by Polyphony and Stephen Layton.' (BBCi)

'Only the most pure and precise of choral groups can raise Arvo Pärt's work to its optimum level of expression. Polyphony and its conductor Stephen Layton make ideal interpreters' (Financial Times)

'this Polyphony recital has been carefully thought-out, and deserves the accolades, notably for the quiet singing and the engulfing, resonant sound. Notes are excellent, and the experience would probably, for 78 minutes, make a believer of an asteroid' (Fanfare, USA)

Triodion & other choral works
Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor) Super-Audio CD — Deleted  

A new release from Polyphony, with Stephen Layton at the helm, always brings with it an assurance of singing of the highest possible calibre. Bring together a choir of such quality and the composer responsible for some of the most beautiful, transcendent music ever written, and the resultant disc is surely what must be one of, if not the most spectacular releases of the year.

New works from Arvo Pärt are invariably cherished, and this disc contains no fewer than five world premiere recordings—Dopo la vittoria, Nunc dimittis, Littlemore Tractus, My heart's in the Highlands and Salve regina. It was recorded in the presence of the enraptured composer earlier this year at the Temple Church, London.

This is a disc of achingly lovely music at its most mesmeric—prepare to be stunned.

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