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Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel (Vinyl)

Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel (Vinyl)

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*This is NOT a comic! But you can listen to it while you make comics!

By Arvo Pärt. Published by Brilliant Classics. 

Vinyl LP Record, 2006. 

An LP reissue for a critically acclaimed best-seller of the Brilliant Classics catalogue, and an ideal introduction to the unique, meditative world of Arvo Pärt.

The gentle piano arpeggios introducing Spiegel im Spiegel calm the pulse and invite the listener into a world of stillness, consolation and contemplation. Composed in 1978, it has become one of the best-known works written by Pärt in his ‘tintinnabular’ style which he first developed with the short piano piece Für Alina earlier in the 1970. This music reacts against both the aggressive modernism which the composer had embraced earlier in his career and against the kind of muscular style of socialist realism demanded of composers in the Soviet republics. Its tonal centredness and peaceful mood has entranced millions of listeners ever since, making Pärt one of the most individual and celebrated figures in contemporary classical music.

This album presents three different versions of Spiegel im Spiegel: the original violin-and-piano score, then subsequent arrangements for cello and piano and for piano trio. Each of them reveals different facets of the piece as it gently unfolds, making the album as a whole an hour-long meditation. Shorter intermezzi set the main work in relief: as well as Für Alina, written as a birthday gift to the composer’s daughter, there is a satellite work also for solo piano, the Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka.

Finally there is the Mozart-Adagio which Part wrote for piano trio in 2005 as a tribute in memory of the Russian violinist Oleg Kagan. Neither an arrangement nor a collage, the piece takes its theme from the slow movement of Mozart’s Violin Sonata K280, a youthful work, and proceeds to weave a restrained commentary around the original, as well as adding an introduction and epilogue which set the piece in the context of our own time. Like much of Pärt’s music, it makes an impression out of proportion to its apparently modest ambition and dimension.

- This is the Vinyl issue of one of the best selling albums ever on Brilliant Classics: Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt (born 1935).
- Arvo Pärt is without doubt one of the best-known and -loved composers of today. His highly personal style, influenced by Gregorian Chant, is based on slowly shifting patterns, tintinnabuli (little bells), creating a meditative and hallucinatory effect, a visionary world of spiritual contemplation. Pärt’s music enjoys a huge popularity with both the traditional classical audience as well as an open-minded new generation.
- Played by Benjamin Hudson (violin/viola), Sebastian Klinger (cello) and Jürgen Kruse (piano).

Track list

Side A

  1. Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel for Violin and Piano

  2. Arvo Pärt: Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka for Piano Solo

  3. Arvo Pärt: Für Alina for Piano Solo

Side B

  1. Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel for Viola and Piano

  2. Arvo Pärt: Mozart-Adagio for Violin, Cello and Piano

  3. Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel for Cello and Piano
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