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