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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

'Pärt: Berliner Messe & Magnificat' (CDH55408)
Pärt: Berliner Messe & Magnificat
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Movement 1: Kyrie
Movement 2: Gloria
Movement 3: Erster Alleluiavers
Movement 4: Zweiter Alleluiavers
Movement 5: Veni, Sancte Spiritus
Movement 6: Credo
Movement 7: Sanctus
Movement 8: Agnus Dei

Berliner Messe
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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Details for CDH55408 track 5
Veni, Sancte Spiritus
Recording date
11 January 1997
Recording venue
Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Pärt: Berliner Messe & Magnificat (CDA66960)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: May 1998
    Deletion date: October 2013
    Superseded by CDH55408
  2. Pärt: Berliner Messe & Magnificat (CDH55408)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: August 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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