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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: 7 minutes 1 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)

The Beatitudes
composer
1990/1; composed for the RIAS Chamber Choir, Berlin
author of text
Matthew 5: 3-12

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Completed in 1990 (and revised in 1991) for the RIAS Chamber Choir, this is Pärt’s first setting of an English text, and exhibits a consistent approach to each phrase’s metre—short notes flanked by longer ones. A series of upwards chromatic shifts, marked by bass pedal notes in the organ, raises the work’s tonal area to a climax on ‘Amen’ around C sharp minor, before a flurry of quintuplet broken chords in the organ rapidly hurls the music back down to its opening tonality of F minor.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 1998

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