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Viktoria Mullova
Arvo Pärt

Catalogue No: ONYX4201

Tabula rasa (1977)
Fratres (1991)
Passacaglia (2003)
Darf ich… for violin, bells & strings (1995/99)
Spiegel im Spiegel for violin & piano (1978)

Nearly all the pieces on this album were first performed
and widely promoted by the Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer,
one of them – Tabula rasa (1977) – being specifically
written with his artistry in mind. They are also all products
of what Arvo Pärt himself describes as a ‘tintinnabuli’ style,
developed by the composer in the 1970s through studying
medieval church music. As Pärt has explained: "I have
discovered that it is enough when a single note is
beautifully played. This one note, or a silent beat, or a
moment of silence, comforts me. I work with very few
elements – with one voice, two voices. I build with primitive
materials – with the triad, with one specific tonality. The
three notes of a triad are like bells and that is why I call it
tintinnabulation.”
Tabula rasa and Fratres, both composed in 1977,
effectively established Pärt’s international reputation.
Tabula rasa is effectively a concerto for two violins with
string orchestra and a prepared piano, the latter
instrument creating explicitly bell-like sonorities in the
work’s slow second movement. Fratres, since its first
performance by the Estonian ensemble of early music,
Hortus Musicus, has been arranged for various
instrumental combinations. The version heard here is the
composer’s own, written in 1991 for solo violin, strings
and percussion (involving claves and bass drum or
tom-tom).
Bach has long been an important influence in Pärt’s music,
as is evident in his Passacaglia, composed in 2003, and in
Darf ich…, originally composed in 1995 and dedicated to
Yehudi Menuhin; Pärt subsequently revised the work in
1999, Kremer giving the premiere of this revised version
with his ensemble, Kremerata Baltica.
Spiegel im Spiegel, composed in 1978, is one of Pärt’s
simplest compositions, a violin unhurriedly playing a mostly
stepwise melody over a steadily arpeggiating piano part.
Daniel Jaffé

 

 

 

 

 


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Track Number
Title
Duration
MP3
1
Pärt, Arvo
Darf Ich...
2:52
2
Pärt, Arvo
Fratres
10:26
3
Pärt, Arvo
Passacaglia Tabula rasa
4:42
4
Pärt, Arvo
I Ludus
10:57
5
Pärt, Arvo
II Silentium
20:35
6
Pärt, Arvo
Spiegel im Spiegel
9:25

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