Album: Paul Hillier, Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Arvo Pärt: Creator Spiritus (Harmonia Mundi)


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Yet another brilliant Arvo Pärt programme from Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices, Creator Spiritus intersperses religious choral works from different eras of the composer's career with chamber-music pieces of comparable tone and piety, building to the climactic 26-minute "Stabat Mater".

"The Deer's Cry" is a setting of St Patrick's chant on the omniscience of Jesus, while "Most Holy Mother of God" is the one line repeated 17 times in different configurations and inflections. But it's the "Stabat Mater" which impresses most, a sublime concord of voices and strings in Pärt's characteristic tintinnabulate flotation.

DOWNLOAD THIS Stabat Mater; Morning Star; Veni creator; The Deer's Cry