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

Recordings
'Pärt: Berliner Messe & Magnificat' (CDA66960)
Pärt: Berliner Messe & Magnificat
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 CDA66960  To be superseded by CDH55408  
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Movement 1: Einleitung
Track 10 on CDA66960 [1'15] To be superseded by CDH55408
Movement 2: K[yrie]
Track 11 on CDA66960 [1'46] To be superseded by CDH55408
Movement 3: G[loria]
Track 12 on CDA66960 [1'34] To be superseded by CDH55408
Movement 4: C[redo]
Track 13 on CDA66960 [1'38] To be superseded by CDH55408
Movement 5: S[anctus]
Track 14 on CDA66960 [1'39] To be superseded by CDH55408
Movement 6: A[gnus]
Track 15 on CDA66960 [2'53] To be superseded by CDH55408
Movement 7: Coda
Track 16 on CDA66960 [1'11] To be superseded by CDH55408

Annum per Annum
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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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