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Hyperion Records

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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: 2 minutes 41 seconds

Morning star
First line:
Christ is the morning star
2007; SATB unaccompanied; composed to mark the 175th anniversary of Durham University
author of text
Prayer above the tomb of St Bede in Durham Cathedral

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October 2014 Release

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
A number of Arvo Pärt's works are the result of commissions to mark significant anniversaries. In the case of Morning star it was the 175th birthday of the north-English Durham University in 2007 (although the first performance was given by the University’s choir in London’s church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in December that year). Just as he has repeatedly shown a knack of selecting place- and people-specific texts for such occasional pieces, Pärt chose a prayer inscribed above the tomb of St Bede—better known perhaps as the scholar The Venerable Bede—in Durham’s mighty cathedral.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 2014

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