Arvo Part – Cardiff (Adam’s Lament + Stabat Mater) (2015)

Front+BackCover1Arvo Pärt (Estonian pronunciation: [ˈɑrvo ˈpært]; born 11 September 1935) is an Estonian composer of classical and religious music. Since the late 1970s, Pärt has worked in a minimalist style that employs his self-invented compositional technique, tintinnabuli. Pärt’s music is in part inspired by Gregorian chant. His most performed works include Fratres (1977), Spiegel im Spiegel (1978), and Für Alina (1976). Since 2010 Pärt has been the most performed living composer in the world. (by wikipedia)

Unlike [Arvo Part’s] Magnificat, the tragic musical content [of Stabat Mater] is justified through the text that describes the grieving state of Mary at the cross. In this piece, the idea of the connection of time and timelessness is much clearer than in the Magnificat. The piece is filled with minimalist influences and also contains several unmistakable references to the Gothic period, that is, the use of rhythmic modes and strict adherence to the aeolian mode. These two works also are based almost completely on the tintinnabulation technique. (

Recorded live at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wales; May 23, 2015. Very good BBC radio broadcast.


Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor
Tallinna Kammerorkester

Conductor: Kristjan Järvi

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01. Adam’s Lament – Part A 14.16
02. Adam’s Lament – Part B 12.24
03. Announcer 0.07
04. Stabat Mater – Part A 8.42
05. Stabat Mater – Part B 10.17
06. Stabat Mater – Part C 10.19

Music composed by Arvo Part

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The Tallinna Kammerorkester (Estonia)