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Arvo Pärt - Choral Works

Arvo Pärt - Choral Works

Polyphony, Stephen Layton

Stephen Layton and Polyphony have a long and fruitful relationship with the music of Arvo Pärt. Their recording of Triodion and other choral works (CDA67375) won a Gramophone Award and became a cult classic. The extraordinary purity of Polyphony’s singing is the perfect vehicle for music of such clean, elemental simplicity, such cathartic calm.

This third Pärt album from Stephen Layton and Polyphony reaches right back, intriguingly, to the composer’s youthful modernist phase and spans nearly five decades—from 1963 to 2012—in the process. As with the album Triodion, it reflects an increasingly broad spread of languages and sources in Pärt’s chosen texts. Latin, German and English are joined here by Church Slavonic and Spanish. A range of biblical texts are set alongside ancient prayers.

Gramophone Editor's Choice

“Layton and forces are simply fantastic here, boasting a purity of sound and sweetness of approach that make for the perfect Pärt pairing. The sound is exquisite, and this is one of the best Pärt albums I have ever been privileged to hear.” (Steven Ritter, Audiophile)

Label: Hyperion

Release date: 2014

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