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

'Pärt: Berliner Messe & Magnificat' (CDH55408)
Pärt: Berliner Messe & Magnificat
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55408  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Track 9 on CDH55408 [7'01] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

The Beatitudes
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

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA66960 track 9
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 9
    Release date: May 1998
    Deletion date: October 2013
    Superseded by CDH55408
  2. Pärt: Berliner Messe & Magnificat (CDH55408)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: August 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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