Aug 21

The woman with the alabaster box (Matthew 26:6-13) – Arvo Pärt

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English: Ballum church. Painting at the high altar ( 17th century ): Anointing of Jesus Deutsch: Pfarrkirche Ballum. Gemälde am Hochaltar ( 17.Jhdt. ): Maria Magdalena salbt Jesus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Matthew 26:6-13

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,

There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.

But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.


The woman with the alabaster box, composed in 1997 by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)


Performed by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Theatre of Voices, Pro Arte Singers and Paul Hillier

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Composed by Arvo Part (1935-). Bible, St Matthew 26, 6-13. World Premiere: in Karlstad Cathedral Karlstad / Sweden by the Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble. With Standard notation. Duration 7 minutes. Universal Edition #UE031127. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE031127).

Nov 29

Magnificat [Magnifies] (Luke 1:46-55) – Arvo Pärt

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The Visitation in the Book of Hours of the Duc de Berry; the Magnificat in Latin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 1:46-55 [Latin]

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Magnificat, composed in 1989 by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)


Performed by Coro da Camera del Conservatorio di Como
Vincenza Giacoia, soprano solo
Domenico Innominato, director

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Composed by Arvo Part (1935-). Choral part(s). With Standard notation. Universal Edition #UE019350. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE019350).

Jan 19

De Profundis [Out of the depths] (Psalm 130:1-8) – Arvo Pärt

 

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Psalm 130:1-8 [Latin]

1 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.

2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

De profundis for men’s voices, percussion (ad lib.) and organ (1980), composed by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)


Performed by the men of chamberchoir Doulce Memoire, Gerrie Meijers (organ), Brigit de Klerk, Anneke Meulenberg and Loulou Schöttelndreiër (percussion), conducted by Felix van den Hombergh, performed during concert on April 17th 2010 in Overveen, The Netherlands

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De Profundis (Chorpartitur). By Arvo Part (1935-). For Ttbb Choir, Percussion (Ad. Lib.), Organ. Bible, Psalm 130 (129). World Premiere: in Martinskirche Kassel / Germany by the Vokalensemble Kassel conducted by Klaus Martin Ziegler. Standard notation. Duration 7 minutes. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE032974).

 

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Nov 24

…Which Was The Son Of… (Luke 3:23-38) – Arvo Pärt

 

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Arvo Pärt in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, 2008

Luke 3:23-38

23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli,

24 Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph,

25 Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge,

26 Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda,

27 Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri,

28 Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er,

29 Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi,

30 Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim,

31 Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David,

32 Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson,

33 Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda,

34 Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor,

35 Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala,

36 Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech,

37 Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan,

38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.

…which was the son of… (2000; see notes from Hyperion Records), composed by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)


Performed by Polyphony, conducted by Stephen Layton

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Which Was the Son of…ST Luke by Arvo Part (1935-). For SATB Choir. Bible, St Luke 3, 23-38. World Premiere: in Hallgrimskirkja CathedralReykjavik / Iceland by the Voices of Europe 2000 conducted by Thorgerdur Ingolfsdottir. Standard notation. Duration 7 minutes. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE031507). 

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