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Customer Reviews

"Silence is the pause in me when I am near to God"

Everything falls into place to make "Litany" a really excellent piece. One of the world's greatest living composers, performed by some of his most talented and experienced champions, stunningly recorded by ECM. And the icing on the cake, if you are reading this review in your mother tongue, is that these prayers of Saint John Chrysostom are sung in English. It's devotional music, yes, but it also swells up with excitement and passion - just as the choir asks to be delivered from passions.

"Psalom" meanders about mysteriously for its duration and serves as the program's intermezzo. People who want their music to "go somewhere" will likely have no use for it but the music is at least not hard on the ears. "Trisagion" is a more dramatic and more substantial work. How the music relates to the Trinity I do not know but it certainly makes for a beautiful and satisfying conclusion to the disc.

There is no shortage of white-covered Part/ECM albums out there (with at least one more on the way soon) but don't overlook this one.


This is gorgeous music, I am not Christian but enjoy the work very much. Remember vividly a walk on a cold, dark night with this blaring in my ears.....


Arvo Part's music is - in my opinion - some of the most beautiful modern church music today. This, and his other compositions, are a muct buy.


Formed: 1981

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Tõnu Kaljuste founded the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in 1981 as a professional successor to his father Heino Kaljuste's amateur chamber choir Ellerhein. The younger Kaljuste nurtured the ensemble as its principal conductor and artistic director for 20 years, focusing the group's programs and recordings on music by Estonian composers, primarily Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis, although its full repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant and gems of the Baroque and Classical periods to contemporary...
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  • $7.27
  • Genres: Classical, Music, Modern Era
  • Released: Aug 23, 1996

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