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Hyperion Records

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Illustration by Jennie Cockram.
Track(s) taken from CDH55408
Recording details: January 1997
Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: May 1998
Total duration: 25 minutes 7 seconds

'Pärt's music remains an object of unstinting wonder' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A landmark recording. Go and buy it' (Choir & Organ)

'Polyphony's singing is immensely cultivated; bright, clear, immaculately phrased, and gorgeously balanced' (American Record Guide)

'Outstandingly good on each front: clarity, balance, intonation, timbre, dynamic and textural control and, perhaps most important of all, feeling' (Classic CD)

'Committed and definitive performances of this intense music' (Organists' Review)

Berliner Messe
1990; commissioned by the 90th Deutsche Katholikentage in Berlin; originally for four solo voices and organ; also for choir and organ or choir and strings
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass plus additional liturgical texts

Kyrie  [3'26] GreekEnglish
Gloria  [3'42] LatinEnglish
Credo  [3'52] LatinEnglish

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Commissioned by the 90th Deutsche Katholikentage in Berlin, 1990. The original version was for four solo voices and organ, but subsequent versions exist for choir and organ—as here—and choir and strings. The Credo is particularly interesting in that it is virtually a re-incarnation of the earlier Summa—but this time in a major key. Summa was written at a time when profession of faith was outlawed in Estonia; hence Pärt’s diversionary title for a setting of the Creed. The switch from minor to major clearly celebrates the greater freedoms enjoyed in post-Communist Europe.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 1998

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