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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: 5 minutes 10 seconds

Zwei Beter
First line:
Jesus sprach zu einigen
1998; SSSAAA unaccompanied; composed for the Mńdchenchor Hannover
author of text
Luke 18: 9-14

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October 2014 Release

Introduction  EnglishFranšaisDeutsch
Zwei Beter, 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

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