, a setting of the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican from St Luke’s Gospel, was written in 1998 for the Hanover Girls Choir. Pärt makes a clear distinction in his writing between the Gospel narrative, the prayers of the Pharisee and the Publican, and Jesus’ concluding analysis of the parable. He reserves the most distinctive passages for the Publican’s show of humility—closely parallel triplets in as many as six parts—and the imposing, thick-harmonied words of Christ. The final ‘Amen’, needless to say, is charming and distinctive too.
from notes by Meurig Bowen ę 2014