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For Fans of Beauty

If this album finds you at that certain crucial moment, it not only has the ability to entirely change your view on music, but your potential to notice the inherent beauty in the realities that constantly surround you. Spiegel im Spiegel is--up to this point in my life--my favorite song. It is a song that has enough space to allow the listener to fill it with his own emotions, but also his failings to live up to the beauty it presents. It is an otherworldly display of those certain moments we find ourselves in--such as the moment when giving up offers a bizarre promise of hope we never before thought possible. Part's work shows us a pace we have lost, a hope we have forgotten. It is an offer to slow down and realize the things we have lost, undone, and forsaken, but does so with a gesture of forgiveness. The music is like two lines--one following lamentation, one following hope--meeting at times, separating at others. It follows no progression, but builds upon the original idea: the human condition, the hope of forgiveness.

Elegant, understated and elegiacal

In the second half of Arvo Pärt's compositional career, he finds ways to turn the atonal and sometimes unsettling themes of earlier work into subtle and even elegiacal expressions. There is no better introduction to this phase of his work than Alina, a spare, elegant and understated work that never fails to satisfy.


Maybe the most beautiful music ever written, and I've played some pretty amazing things that have moved grown men to tears.

Pärt: Alina - Spiegel im Spiegel, Alexander Malter
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Feb 01, 2000

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