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Munich Philharmonic: Pärt / MendelssohnPaavo Järvi (conductor)

Conductor Paavo Järvi looks directly into the camera
Copyright: Kaupo Kikkas

Spirituality in the concert hall – no composer fits this theme better than Arvo Pärt.

Spirituality in the concert hall – no composer fits this theme better than Arvo Pärt.

  • Chen Reiss, soprano
  • Marie Henriette Reinhold, mezzo-soprano
  • Patrick Grahl, tenor
  • Munich Philharmonic Choir; Andreas Herrmann, rehearsal
  • Paavo Järvi, conductor

Pärt’s contemplative mystical musical language, characterised by great simplicity, made the deeply religious Estonian one of the most popular composers of our time. Influenced by medieval Gregorian chant, his Symphony No 3 dates from 1971 and is thus one of the early works in his distinctive personal style. Pärt dedicated the opus to the Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi, whose son Paavo will conduct this concert. A more recent composition is “Swansong”, an orchestral version of the choral work “Littlemore Tractus”, in which Pärt set famous sermons by the theologian John Henry Newman to music. The concert programme concludes with Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s religiously inspired symphony cantata “Lobgesang”, which was premiered in 1840 to celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of Gutenberg’s printing press.

Programme

  • Arvo Pärt: “Swansong” for orchestra; Symphony No 3
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphony No 2 in B-flat major, Op 52, “Lobgesang”