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Track(s) taken from CDH55408

Seven Magnificat-Antiphons

composer
1988/91; composed for the RIAS Chamber Choir, Berlin
author of text

Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
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: 14 minutes 58 seconds

Cover artwork: Illustration by Jennie Cockram.
 
1
O Weisheit  [2'00]
2
O Adonai  [2'22]
3
O Spross aus Isais Wurzel  [1'06]
4
O Schlüssel Davids  [2'30]
5
O Morgenstern  [2'27]
6
O König aller Völker  [1'19]
7
O Immanuel  [3'14]

Reviews

'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)
Composed in 1988 and revised in 1991, written for the RIAS Chamber Choir in Berlin (Pärt’s city of residence since 1982), these antiphons, each endowed with a very particular personality by Pärt, are assigned in the liturgy to the seven days leading up to Christmas Eve.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 1998

Écrites en 1988 pour le RIAS Kammerchor de Berlin (ville où Pärt réside depuis 1982) et révisées en 1991, ces antiennes—que le compositeur dota chacune d’une personnalité bien particulière—sont assignées dans la liturgie aux sept jours conduisant à la veille de Noël.

extrait des notes rédigées par Meurig Bowen © 1998
Français: Hypérion

Dieses Werk wurde 1988 komponiert und 1991 überarbeitet. Auftraggeber war der RIAS-Kammerchor in Berlin, Pärts Wahlheimat seit 1982. Die Antiphone, die Pärt alle mit einem sehr besonderen Charakter ausgestattet hat, sind in der Liturgie für die sieben Tage vor dem Heiligen Abend vorgesehen.

aus dem Begleittext von Meurig Bowen © 1998
Deutsch: Anke Vogelhuber

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