Arvo Pärt, Hasan Uçarsu, Philip Glass, P?teris Vasks; The Borusan Quartet; Onyx Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Nov 10 2017 Star rating: 4.5 Contemporary music for quartet from a Turkish ensemble makes for thoughtful and intense...Show More Summary
The 81-year-old Estonian, who is the world's most-performed living classical composer (and who is not himself Roman Catholic), is one of three recipients of this year's Ratzinger Prize, named for Pope Benedict XVI (né Joseph Ratzinger) and given to "people who answered to the challenge of fostering a deep dialogue among science, theology and philosophy."
The Estonian composer, 81, has been awarded the Vatican’s Ratzinger Prize for outstanding achievement in theology. He shares the 50,000 Euros with an academic theologian from Bonn and a Lutheran from Strasbourg. Pope Francis will make the presentation on November 18.
On Thursday, May 25th at 7:30 PM, the Orchestra of the League of Composers, directed by Louis Karchin along with conductor David Fulmer, will present a program of works by Arvo Pärt, Fred Lerdahl, Lisa Bielawa, and Sheree Clement (a new piece commissioned by League of Composers/ISCM) at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre. Show More Summary
Galina Grigorjeva, Jaan-Eik Tulve, members of Vox Clamantis at Estonian Music Days (Photo Peeter Langovits) Galina Grigorjeva, Cyrillus Kreek, Arvo Pärt; Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve; Estonian Music Days at Niguliste Reviewed by Robert...Show More Summary
Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica McCarter Theatre Center Friday, February 3, 2017 By Christian Carey PRINCETON – I’ve wanted to hear violinist Gidon Kremer perform Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s iconic work Fratres live since I was a teenager. Back then, Kremer’s rendition of the work on an ECM Records New Series CD was transfixing […]
Chastity Belt, Cherry Glazerr, Kinski, The Music of Arvo Pärt, Lavender Country, And More Picks For Feb 6-12 by Stranger Things To Do Staff In addition to the snow, there's also plenty of excellent live music to experience outside in Seattle this week. Show More Summary
While he has been overshadowed in the West by compatriot Arvo Pärt, Tormis is revered in his native land. Doubtless thinking of such works as the ferocious Curse Upon Iron and Litany to Thunder, leading Estonian conductor Tõnu Kaljuste once observed, "If Arvo Pärt's music is heaven, then Veljo Tormis’s music is earth."
The formidable choral composer Veljo Tormis died on January 21 at the age of 86. More performed in his homeland than his famous contemporary Arvo Pärt, Tormis rooted his work in pre-Christian, shamanistic rituals, evading the worst excesses of Soviet censorship and oppression. Some maintain that he was as important for Estonia as Sibelius […]
Claimed to be the most performed living composer in concert halls last year – a somewhat limited qualification – the Latvian composer can now add another first to his name. A weekend fest in Portland, Oregon next month will be his first in North America. Details here.
David Patrick Stearns considers the strong and weak points in the music of the world's most-performed living composer. (He also offers "the only theory I have on why hipsters will listen to Pärt meditating on the baptism of St. Augustine.")
Joyce DiDonato, Manuel Palazzo, Il Pomo Doro - In War & Peace - Barbican - Photo credit is Mark Allan/Barbican Handel, Leo, Cavalieri, Purcell, Gesualdo, Arvo Pärt, Jommelli; Joyce DiDonato, Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev; Barbican...Show More Summary
The ARVO Brothers have been recreating elements from the Alien movies in LEGO as part of a book project for several years. When you devote that much time to LEGO, you know you have a true…
press release: At the annual Encaenia ceremony held today, Arvo Pärt received an honorary degree in Music from Oxford University. At a ceremony held at the Sheldonian Theatre the University of Oxford conferred honorary degrees on nine distinguished figures from the fields of theology, law, economics, architecture, film, science, engineering and music. The honorary […]
Said to be the most performed among today’s living composers, a composer whose music is touched with sonic purity and infused with beguiling spirituality, Arvo Pärt is revered as an agent of escape. When it comes to the favorite composer of all time, Mozart ever tops lists among performers and...
The National Eye Institute (NEI), part of NIH, is participating in the Inaugural Press Conference from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting (ARVO 2016).
The Tallis Scholars - photo © Eric Richmond Arvo Pärt, Sebastian de Vivanco, Nico Mulhy, Matthew Martin, Orlando Gibbons, Dominique Phinot, William Cornysh; The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips; Cadogan Hall Reviewed by Robert HugillShow More Summary
Kaspars Putnins and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Arvo Pärt, Helena Tulve, Märt-Matis Lill, Mahler/Clytus Gottwald; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Kaspars Putnins; Estonian Music Days at Kultuurikatel Reviewed by Robert Hugill...Show More Summary
Natalia Osipova in Strapless © ROH 2016. Photo by Bill Cooper Christoph Wheeldon Triple Bill Arvo Part, Ezio Bosso, Mark-Anthony Turnage; Marianela Nunez, Thiago Soares, Natalia Osipova, Edward Watson, Federico Bonelli, cond: Koen Kessels;...Show More Summary