Arvo Pärt: Choral Music
Peace upon you
The Woman With The Alabaster Box
The Deer's Cry
Rachel Ambrose Evans (soprano)
Tribute to Caesar
Richard Bannan (bass)
Alleluja Tropus for choir and string orchestra
Da pacem Domine
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 19.0063 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.