Never one to dress up his religious work in ostentatious garb, Arvo Part has selected the most severe, Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Johanne. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Arvo Pärt: Passio – The Hilliard Ensemble, Paul Hillier on AllMusic – – Pärt’s long-form . Passio est la première grande fresque pour voix et orchestre d’Arvo Pärt dans le style tintinnabulant et demeure encore aujourd’hui l’une de ses oeuvres les.

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The work begins with a short, striking choral introduction, or Exordiowhich announces the Passion gospel and also establishes the A minor tonality upon which the entire piece is based. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Not once during this vast span does the underlying tonality waver; prt exposed, the small repertoire of textures merely rotates, combining into new orders.

Passio (Pärt)

The choice of St Jude’s, a richly resonant church, was inspired; the wind one may variously interpret as a startingly appropriate accident or as an act of God. More a liturgical act than a concert piece, it makes no concessions whatever to modern conventions of Passion music. The work plays for 70 minutes without a break, a fact emphasized by the ECM engineers, who—as if to discourage us from sampling here and there—have left the CD entirely unbanded.

Because its scale is relatively intimate, Part’s Passion is not the easiest work to project in concert, nor did it quite work in televised form. Since a period at the end of a sentence generates a note longer than does a comma in the middle of it, the hierarchy of the textual phrases is reflected in the music. Stubbornly repetitive and monochrome, deliberately anti-dramatic and neutral, it achieves its extraordinary and noble effect through the simplest of means: To the accompaniment of the wind buffeting the church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, London, the Hilliard Ensemble here solemnly perform what must surely be the bleakest, most ritualistic Passion to be composed since Heinrich Schutz’s settings of the mid seventeenth century.


And then at the very end, just for the very end, at the critical moment when Christ is on the cross and is about to die, suddenly, the four Evangelists come together on one unison A-note. Tonally, the work centers on a series of overlapping fifths: JohnOsvaldo Golijov St.

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For other Passions with a similar name, see St John Passion disambiguation. Shopping options License request Hire request. The alto and bass voices, again always playing an M role, are mirrored, and the soprano and tenor T-voices alternate above and below the M-voices. John Passion, which would become the culmination of the tintinnabuli style.

Pärt Passio

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Articles containing explicitly cited English-language text Pages containing links to subscription-only content Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz work identifiers. Passio has a very important place in our musical heritage as the Hilliard Ensemble.

But on record it makes its full impact. Each character has a basic note value, and this is lengthened depending on the punctuation and its position within the phrase. The work lasts approximately 70 minutes and is a setting of the Latin text from the Gospel of Johnchapters 18 and 19plus a brief introduction and conclusion. John Passion is a through-composed setting of the text of John 18—19, preceded by a short introduction Exordio and followed by a brief conclusion Conclusio.


He eventually finished the work in and it was published in The work lasts about 70 minutes and is not broken into movements. In the case where a T-voice is presented alone, the M-voice is simply implied.

So well do the Hilliard Ensemble and the Western Wind Chamber Choir now know the setting that they sing it with a conviction and familiarity that far transcends the majority of recorded performances of modern music. What gives the setting its form and principal variety is, of course, the Biblical text, which glows with uncanny radiance at the heart of the music.


Explore Cuba, an unexpected yet vibrant classical music and dance destination. His website is here. This page was last edited on 11 Mayat David James on Passio. Paul was Reviews Editor at Bachtrack from to February The Prizes Bachtrack, 17th December. LukeJames MacMillan St.

The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music. You will regularly receive information about new scores with free downloads, current prize games and news about our composers. Each constituent — Jesus, Pilate, the choir, the Evangelist double quartet — adheres strictly to its own musical material, with a distinctive harmonic and rhythmic character.

Passio Year of composition: Michael George’s rich bass for the solo part of Jesus, for example, and alto David James, who sings some high, exposed passages within the Evangelist quartet with ease and great beauty. Apart from Stainer, whose Passion oratorio The Crucifixion of continues to be performed today, few nineteenth-century composers even attempted to set the Passion narrative to music.

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Pilate’s part is the most unstable in the piece, created in part through the use of an M-voice centered on B and a T-voice centered on F a tritone apart and through pary refusal of Pilate to pasiso either a T-voice or M-voice, always alternating between these two roles.

SATB soloists and choir, oboe, bassoon, violin, cello, organ. The later twentieth and twenty-first centuries have seen a renewal of interest in the genre, with notable settings by Krzysztof Penderecki St.