Pärt: Berliner Messe - Magnificat - Summa
Elora Festival Orchestra, Elora Festival Singers, Jurgen Petrenko & Noel Edison
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This is my favorite recording of the Berliner Messe because of the wonderful clarity from the Elora Festival Singers. They indue the Kyrie with an icy starkness, while the Credo is warm and shimmering. The Gloria is emotional and passionate without losing sight of the overall aesthetic of the work. All of this is accomplished with a clarity that doesn't become muddy or get lost in the texture of the strings.