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2012; SATB divisi unaccompanied; first performed in Leon, Mexico, in 2012 by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under Tõnu Kaljuste
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'Pärt: Choral Music' (CDA68056)
Pärt: Choral Music
Pre-order CD by post £10.50 CDA68056  29 September 2014 Release  
Track 5 on CDA68056 [5'46] 29 September 2014 Release

One of only two instances to date of Pärt setting a Spanish text, Virgencita is inspired by the legend of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Just a decade after the Spanish conquest of Mexico, an apparition of the Virgin Mary was witnessed in 1531 at Tepeyac, near modern-day Mexico City. A celebrated pictorial representation of the Guadalupe Virgin in the Basilica of Our Lady in Mexico City has since become the world’s most-visited Marian shrine. With its initially muted dynamic range, a tentative sense of wonder builds cumulatively to a scrunchy, forte climax on ‘Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe’. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir premiered Virgencita in Leon, Mexico, in 2012, conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste.

from notes by Meurig Bowen © 2014

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Details for CDA68056 track 5
Recording date
3 August 2013
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. Pärt: Choral Music (CDA68056)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: 29 September 2014
    29 September 2014 Release
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