Cantique (Sony Masterworks)
Nov. 15, 2010
Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and conductor Kristjan Järvi were both refugees from Soviet cultural oppression. Järviâ€™s father was a friend of the composerâ€”when the two men worked together at Estonian Radio-Television in the â€™60sâ€”and Järvi continues the family relationship by conducting a Berlin orchestra and chorus on the world-premiere recording of Pärtâ€™s Stabat mater and Cantique des degrÃ©s along with his 1971 Symphony No. 3. Pärtâ€™s music floats heavenward toward a transcendent experience where time melds with space. It can be heard as a development parallel to the Buddhist-steeped minimalism of Philip Glass or the Indonesian gamelan behind Steve Reich, yet appreciated for its distinct, evanescent beauty without reference to any musical movement.