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Interesting…

An interesting example of Arvo Pärt for full orchestra and piano. Lamentate seemed to me to be a mix of tintinnabuli with 19th century romanticism. Contremplative with some drama, the music is in keeping with Pärt’s other religous works. Certainly if you are a fan of Arvo Pärt, you should consider purchasing this album. However, if you’re not a fan of tintinnabuli (or minimalist music generally), then I would steer clear of Lamentate. In keeping with Pärt’s latter-day compositions, Lamentate has a very wide dynamic range. I felt, nevertheless, that the AAC-encoded Lamentate did a fantastic job of keeping distortion to a minimum (but I confess that whenever I play it at work, I have to really manage my iTunes volume setting). Overall, an interesting listen if you’re a Pärt fan.

Not your standard Pärt

Several reviews have mentioned that this is a bit of a departure for Pärt (and one problem with not getting liner notes is that I'm not clear exactly when this composition is from). I have to say that after the transcendent minimalism of Alina, this album is often dissonant and strident; not to my taste.

This will one day be recognized as a masterpiece.

For all of you naysayers I have only this to say: Get a freaking life. Part is a composer of a variety of styles. He's not Philip Glass and doesn't harp on the same riff for fifty years. Yes this is a bit of a departure but this is a well crafted quazi concerto showing many different facets on a theme. There are moments of anger, grief, morning, and repentence. It's a complex work that needs to be listened to and by listening I don't mean that you have to be a theory nerd to appreciate it. If you want the same old thing there are lesser composers out there for whom you can develop a fetish.

Biography

Born: 1944

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Alexei Lubimov is a Russian pianist who also plays fortepiano and harpsichord. In his early years he studied at the Moscow Central Music School, and in 1963, entered the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with Heinrich Neuhaus and Lew Naumov. He developed a strong interest in Baroque music and 20th century modernist works. Lubimov gave the Soviet premieres of many western compositions, including pieces by Charles Ives, Arnold Schoenberg, John Cage, Terry Riley, Pierre Boulez, and Karlheinz Stockhausen,...
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Pärt: Lamentate, Alexei Lubimov
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Aug 30, 2005

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