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Track(s) taken from CDA68056
Recording details: August 2013
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: October 2014
Total duration: 5 minutes 9 seconds

Peace upon you, Jerusalem
First line:
I rejoiced that they said to me
2002; SSAA unaccompanied; composed for the Estonian TV Girls Choir and its conductor Aarne Saluveer
author of text
Psalm 121 (122), New Jerusalem Bible

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October 2014 Release

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Pärt has set a number of Psalms over the years, beginning with the strikingly miserable De profundis (No 130) for male voices, organ and percussion in 1980. Subsequent settings include the German An den Wassern (No 137) in 1984, the large-scale Miserere (Psalm 51) in 1989 and Psalms 117 and 131 in Church Slavonic in 1997. Peace upon you, Jerusalem is Pärt’s only English Psalm setting—of Psalm 122—and uses the New Jerusalem Bible translation, with its references to Yahweh for Jehovah and, perhaps deliberate for Pärt, its deviation from the much better-known words of the King James translation, ‘I was glad when they said unto me’, used by Purcell and Parry. In fact, Pärt’s title takes us a stage further from ‘I was glad’ associations, and the words ‘Peace upon you, Jerusalem’ do not actually appear at all in the text.

Pärt made this delightfully fresh and translucently textured setting in 2002 for the outstanding Estonian TV Girls Choir and its conductor Aarne Saluveer. (How many countries in the world, but for a choir-crazy one such as Estonia, would have a choral group allied to its television network?) Throughout, Pärt skilfully investigates different combinations of soprano/alto texture and compass, and yet again pulls off the trick of saying something important through touching simplicity.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 2014

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