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Hyperion Records

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Illustration by Jennie Cockram.
Track(s) taken from CDH55408
Recording details: January 1998
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: May 1998
Total duration: 11 minutes 56 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)

Annum per Annum
composer
1980; composed to mark the 900th anniversary of the cathedal in Speyer, Germany

Einleitung  [1'15]
K[yrie]  [1'46]
G[loria]  [1'34]
C[redo]  [1'38]
S[anctus]  [1'39]
A[gnus]  [2'53]
Coda  [1'11]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Along with Pari Intervallo, this is the best known and most performed of Pärt’s small number of solo organ works. It was written in 1980 for the 900th anniversary of the cathedral in Speyer, South Germany. The five central dance-like variations relate to the movements of the Mass—the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus—and they are flanked by an imposing introduction and coda. Here, Pärt suggests that the organ’s motor is respectively switched off and on again in order to effect a diminuendo and crescendo—hence a crashing opening and a crashing conclusion. It is not a stipulation, however, and in this performance, on the organ of St Paul’s Cathedral, it was not electrically possible. Here, therefore, the effect has been achieved by gradual reduction and increase of registration. The extraordinary acoustic of the building seems to take care of the rest.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 1998

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