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Arvo Pärt — Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Album: Tabula Rasa
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Released: 1977
Length: 4:52
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I searched the RP playlist for Pärt and there is only one piece on RP, this one. However, there are many short pieces of Pärt that are even much more powerful than this one. Yesterday I listened to a recent talk given by Nora Pärt, wife of Arvo Pärt, about the saint Elder Sophrony that has influenced and blessed Arvo Pärt's music and deeply influenced his and his wife's personalities. Sofron had supernatural abilities and other amazing qualities and probably was enlightened like Buddha or Jesus.

This was a powerful, deep and very interesting talk. For any Estonian language knowers definitely worth listening. https://vikerraadio.err.ee/1070191/ooulikool-nora-part-sissejuhatus-athose-puha-sofroni-juurde
Wow didnt expect Pärt here but thanks! More Pärt on RP!
No, I will PSD away
 perryandcaro wrote:
How incredibly sad, yet beautiful. I put down my pen and was washed away. Thanks Bill

 
magnifique, merci   : )
This is appropriate seeing as 2013 is Britten's centenary. See the Wikipedia entry on him.
Benjamin Britten - Third Suite for Solo Cello - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdXucCVdCgg
Utterly beguiling, so sad but so much good music is.
Strange Music
Arvo Pärt's work is simply amazing. Thanks, Bill!
Kleenex Time.
 Leslie wrote:
I cry now when I hear this song because it reminds me of my mom. I miss her so much.
 

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Arvo Part by Woesinger
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Arvo Pärt in ChristChurch Cathedral, Dublin, 2008

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nice fade from the Joni Mitchell song
Wow
Wow.
How incredibly sad, yet beautiful. I put down my pen and was washed away. Thanks Bill
 robco1 wrote:

Apparently meth has reached Germany.

 
{#Lol}

Like...even if it is sad.
Arvo Part? That's unexpected but always welcome.
Great to have this in the mix!   {#Smile}
 StoneyG wrote:
My neck hurts from headbanging to this a little too hard.
 
{#Roflol} I thought this was a brilliantly smooth segue from Joni Mitchell - I couldn't hear the join. This is a moving piece, and deserves to be heard on better than tiny computer speakers.

A Pedant Writes: if cantus is Latin for song, how come there's no singing?

My neck hurts from headbanging to this a little too hard.
 Stingray wrote:


READ THE "SUBTITLE"
RP - Rock, Alternative, Blues, World....

I read nothing about hardcore suicide-kling-klang

 
Apparently meth has reached Germany.

I am not sure if Bill intended this as an elegy for the victims of the bombing and shooting in Oslo, but that's how I heard it. I was reading the eyewitness accounts of the massacre, with RP in the background, and when this song came on, it seemed to both mirror my emotions and soothe them. I wondered at the timing of Psychokiller, too.

Anyway, this is a beautiful instrumental piece.
not my fave but definitely enjoy the down tempo.  too bad some other people don't appreciate the hard work Bill does to make our music listening experience amazing.  thanks RP!
 Stingray wrote:
I want to ROCK, and ROLL
and be motivated to F***
and smoke a SPLIFF...

Nietzsche and Pärt-vert I can read and listen to on my death-bed!

 
Then go and listen to another station that is designed for pathetic simple-minded losers like you. The rest of us delight in the eclecticism of RP that permits the playing of reflective music like this alongside everything else.

Very good Bill !  


 Leslie wrote:
I cry now when I hear this song ...
 
{#Hug}

 Stingray wrote:
READ THE "SUBTITLE"
RP - Rock, Alternative, Blues, World....

I read nothing about hardcore suicide-kling-klang
 
If you find nothing good here, and I find almost no positive posts from you, then why do you hang around?  Masochistic?  Too stupid to find another internet radio station?  Or just so miserable in your own life that you must stir up trouble?

Save yourself further frustration and go somewhere else.
I cry now when I hear this song because it reminds me of my mom. I miss her so much.
Thanks Bill,
a wonderful contrast, moments for the brain AND the soul! 
 Stingray wrote:


READ THE "SUBTITLE"
RP - Rock, Alternative, Blues, World....

I read nothing about hardcore suicide-kling-klang

 
Aw go stuff it!

Bill is a genius and if you don't support the program, that's your problem.

The movie wasn't bad either:

A little too far over the stretch edge for me, Bill.  Nice piece of music, but a little too much out of context.  Thanks, but no thanks. {#No}{#Stop}
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki died 2 days ago. RIP.
Bill, some evening this fall or winter, how about some part of Górecki's Symphony No.3?  Haunting and beautiful...

"Until 1992, Górecki was known only to connoisseurs, primarily as one of several composers responsible for the postwar Polish music renaissance. That year, Elektra-Nonesuch released a recording of the 15-year-old symphony that topped the classical charts in Britain and the United States. It has now sold more than a million copies, vastly exceeding the expected lifetime sales of a typical symphonic recording by a 20th-century composer."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._3_%28G%C3%B3recki%29

 casey1024 wrote:

Rock radio?  This is Radio Paradise!  No agenda, nothing carved in stone.  Variety at it's best - that is why we listen...

 

READ THE "SUBTITLE"
RP - Rock, Alternative, Blues, World....

I read nothing about hardcore suicide-kling-klang

 Stingray wrote:
What has such a massive bullshit to do on a ROCK-RADIO....??

 
Rock radio?  This is Radio Paradise!  No agenda, nothing carved in stone.  Variety at it's best - that is why we listen...

 Stingray wrote:
What has such a massive bullshit to do on a ROCK-RADIO....??

 
It's not "rock radio."  It's "incredibly good, eclectic music radio."  You still have some maturation ahead of you.

I want to ROCK, and ROLL
and be motivated to F***
and smoke a SPLIFF...

Nietzsche and Pärt-vert I can read and listen to on my death-bed!



Just great! Thank you very much!!!
What has such a massive bullshit to do on a ROCK-RADIO....??

You're too cool, Bill

Thanks alot
Dog_Ear wrote:
NOW RP has achieved PERFECT eclecticism. Never thought I'd hear Arvo Part on ANY radio station. Hats off to you Bill!
 
Cannot agree more  - a weird friend of mine into modern classical introduced me to Mr. Part. I have never heard it anywhere else. Awesome - hope others like it too.


 eman wrote:
WTF...?

If I want music on the DL or,...? I'll go to groove salad or the such...please...get back on the horse...
 

Ummm. Could you please translate this into normal English for people like me?

Anyway, this piece is a perfect 10 for me. It makes me feel like a speck in the universe and that is somehow very comforting.
Literally? Doesn't that hurt?

 tompoll wrote:
Wonderful stuff. Part has a piece called Tabula Rasa (the title track!) that literally drills into my soul.
 


NOW RP has achieved PERFECT eclecticism. Never thought I'd hear Arvo Part on ANY radio station. Hats off to you Bill!
Epic.
Wowzer! Great picture ambrebaltic. {#Arrowd}  This music does have that 2001 A Space Odyssey feel...

Astronomy Picture of the Day

source : APOD website


Wonderful stuff. Part has a piece called Tabula Rasa (the title track!) that literally drills into my soul.
a haunting ode to one of the greatest, yet controversial, composer's of our time.
mgkiwi wrote:
Beautiful piece of music but has anyone got a razorblade!
So the Springboks won one. It's ok, we'll get em back, don't worry.
Beautiful piece of music but has anyone got a razorblade!
Shivers up and down my spine. That was beyond words. Long live the eclectic nature of RP. Ignoring the voices who say this stuff: Hey! That weren't no rock music! This station goin' to hell in a handbag ...
sub-arctic wrote:
Interesting that you mention the universe. The first time I heard this I was completely astounded by its beauty. And my first thought was "This is music from the universe!" I still get the same association everytime I hear it. The infinity and beauty of the universe.
Dig. :yes:
manbirdexperiment wrote:
This is by far my all time most favourite piece of music in the universe ever!
Interesting that you mention the universe. The first time I heard this I was completely astounded by its beauty. And my first thought was "This is music from the universe!" I still get the same association everytime I hear it. The infinity and beauty of the universe.
Indeed, a beautiful piece of music.
Uskumatu. Aga nÀe, tõsi.
wow. it's beautiful.
...the full piece is much longer than this exerpt...
eman wrote:
WTF...? If I want music on the DL or,...? I'll go to groove salad or the such...please...get back on the horse... :eh:
Yeah! YEAH! Let's put the 'myopia' back in Eclectic, okay!?!? - Riff
eman wrote:
WTF...? If I want music on the DL or,...? I'll go to groove salad or the such...please...get back on the horse... :eh:
this is no ELEKTRO this is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arvo_P%C3%A4rt :shhh:
damn it -- now I'm expected to go to WORK on a FRIDAY after hearing this? Uh oh.
WTF...? If I want music on the DL or,...? I'll go to groove salad or the such...please...get back on the horse... :eh:
I played this in my college's orchestra a couple of years ago. I never thought I'd hear it on RP. The viola part in this piece is great (though cumbersome to play - the counting is tedious!).
skdenfeld wrote:
Understatement of the year! :cry:
Oh yeah... This is "Godlike" on a whole other level...
1wolfy wrote:
This song emits strong emotion
Understatement of the year! :cry:
Trustocity wrote:
Henri Gorecki wrote a gorgeous, very dark, very methodical piece called Symphony no. 3 that made him a rarity among composers: A superstar on the pop charts across Europe. Clocking in at around 25 minutes, the first movement starts in almost stark silence, that is, if you're listening to it in the car. Actually, the bass strings are growling in the lower registers, soon to be accompanied by other strings in the same chord. The thing builds and builds until everyone is insane with soaring and angelics and what not. Then this woman comes in and sings the showstopper, a soprano whose lyrics tell of a Polish mother (Gorecki had a World War II survivor in mind), half-crazed at the loss of her son. Then the thing takes just as long descending back down toward the growling strings and fades away. It's kick-ass. And so is this. I love Arvo Part, and I love RP.
I know this comment is over two years old, but I couldn't help responding. I was fortunate enough to experience Gorecki's 3rd Symphony performed by the Oregon Symphony. Just before the piece began, all of the lights in the house were turned off, leaving only the musicians' stand-lights on. Hearing those basses begin their growling notes in near dark was extremely menacing. As the music built into its' astounding climax just before the soprano comes in, the lights gradually, almost imperceptibly increased in brightness. This was a fantastically memorable and impressive presentation. The final two movements of the symphony are equally impressive, with so much yearning passion. Truly one of the great treasures of classical music. As is this piece by Part. Bill, keep the classical music coming!
The snow is falling in quarter-sized pieces, slowly moving straight downward and this music seems to be the soundtrack.
sheesh....that's some HEAVY music. I feel like there's a 75lb weight on my shoulders.
and me as well.kindermanltd wrote:
God, I'm so sad now.
sonofpick wrote:
Go to guitar center, go to the keyboard section, find a synth, put it on strings, and just start playing. Exact same thing.
Let us know when your CD is released.
Wow. In my world White Wedding is usually followed by another trip to the bar at a wedding reception, not a great Byrne track, followed by a tribute to Benjamin Britten. Way to keep us on our musical toes, Bill!!
This song emits strong emotion
Arvo PÀrt is my favorite contemporary composer. He creates music that elevates me to another plane.
God, I'm so sad now.
Go to guitar center, go to the keyboard section, find a synth, put it on strings, and just start playing. Exact same thing.
Always stops me in my tracks--could be the soundtrack for the saddest/most touching parts of every great movie. Haunting.
It would be interesting if Britten was next
Thanctuary!! Thanctuary!! :boohoo:
"I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener." -Arvo PÀrt
Oh, I really like this, I love strings. heartbreaking. beautiful.
Go Estonia!!! :clap: Impressive. I wonder who uploaded this song :think:
Ethereal, sublime.
I don't hear spooky. I hear wailing and gnashing of teeth in grief. Exquisitely sad, equally beautiful.
This is by far my all time most favourite piece of music in the universe ever!
Spooky. Just like saying the word, 'Spooky.' 8 overall.
i couldnt take a steady diet of this, but it sure weaves itself nicely into the mix.
oh the angst -- the ANGST!!
I am sooo thrilled to hear this at RP, Just wonderful. And then to be followed by Pink Floyd! Wild!
His Passio is fantastic, but it's all one track and far too long for RP. But I'll take what I can get!
What other radio station on earth would play Arvo Part? This is why I love RP!
Great stuff. Is Arvo the only Estonian on the RP playlist?
Geez, it's 8:45 am EST and its still so foggy and dark out. This is probably the worst cut to hear. However the Pink Floyd Summer 68 coming on really made up for the "dirge-ness" of Cantus. Mebbe give me some sun and I'll reconsider - maybe it's a sunlight deficit disorder thing ;^)
Whoa! This is spooky- I was just listening to David Byrne and thinking "What would Benjamin Britten think of that?" And this came on!
Very spooky. I was just sitting here at my desk and suddenly everything became very dramatic.
This is quite spooky. I was just looking at a Part recording directory, thinking of what was missing.. that here it is on RP. :crowded:
Spooky.I was about to type"Sounds like mid period floyd"and Summer 68 comes on.
LittleMike wrote:
I don't know if it has been noted, but the Nonesuch recording with Dawn Upshaw spent more than 26 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts, a record time!! It is an incredible recording. That is yet another piece that our Symphony Director won't do because 'St. Louis isn't ready'
:lol: :wave:
I don't know if it has been noted, but the Nonesuch recording with Dawn Upshaw spent more than 26 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts, a record time!! It is an incredible recording. That is yet another piece that our Symphony Director won't do because 'St. Louis isn't ready' rtkmusic wrote:
I've never heard this beautiful Arvo Part piece before but it is highly reminiscent of Gorecki's 3rd, and that's a good thing. FYI, the soprano that sang on the Nonesuch recording of Gorecki's 3rd is Dawn Upshaw. She's amazing. (click here)
Trustocity wrote:
Henri Gorecki wrote a gorgeous, very dark, very methodical piece called Symphony no. 3 that made him a rarity among composers: A superstar on the pop charts across Europe. Clocking in at around 25 minutes, the first movement starts in almost stark silence, that is, if you're listening to it in the car. Actually, the bass strings are growling in the lower registers, soon to be accompanied by other strings in the same chord. The thing builds and builds until everyone is insane with soaring and angelics and what not. Then this woman comes in and sings the showstopper, a soprano whose lyrics tell of a Polish mother (Gorecki had a World War II survivor in mind), half-crazed at the loss of her son. Then the thing takes just as long descending back down toward the growling strings and fades away. It's kick-ass. And so is this. I love Arvo Part, and I love RP.
I've never heard this beautiful Arvo Part piece before but it is highly reminiscent of Gorecki's 3rd, and that's a good thing. FYI, the soprano that sang on the Nonesuch recording of Gorecki's 3rd is Dawn Upshaw. She's amazing. (click here)
Trustocity wrote:
Henri Gorecki wrote a gorgeous, very dark, very methodical piece called Symphony no. 3 that made him a rarity among composers: A superstar on the pop charts across Europe. Clocking in at around 25 minutes, the first movement starts in almost stark silence, that is, if you're listening to it in the car. Actually, the bass strings are growling in the lower registers, soon to be accompanied by other strings in the same chord. The thing builds and builds until everyone is insane with soaring and angelics and what not. Then this woman comes in and sings the showstopper, a soprano whose lyrics tell of a Polish mother (Gorecki had a World War II survivor in mind), half-crazed at the loss of her son. Then the thing takes just as long descending back down toward the growling strings and fades away. It's kick-ass.
Whoa thanks for the description. This reminds me of the lyrics for Lamb's "Gorecki" which may or may not have been influenced by this Henri Gorecki. If it was the influence, that would explain a lot of things about the song.
This is depresso sharto!
This is pretty moving stuff.
I'm trying to convince the director of a Symphony that I play with to do this. He thinks it is not for a St. Louis audience though.
HERMOSO
radiojunkie wrote:
Nothing tugs at my emotions quite so much as something tugging at my emotions.
It's kind of creepy how certain music can make your eyes tear up a bit without you even thinking of something sad. Huzzah involuntary response!
Nothing tugs at my emotions quite so much as something tugging at my emotions.
Hmmm, maybe needs a touch more mournful-tolling-bell?
There's a skip in this record.
Holy crap! I turn on RP this morning and Arvo Part is playing? Great work Bill. Keep it up with the delightful surprises.
Exquisitly sad & mornful. Well placed on Michael Moore's soundtrack.
Wow..every day this station amazes me...Arvo Part! and one of my favorite compositions too..way to go Bill! That does it..I am making a donation now (maybe even buy a t-shirt) it is a particularly tough piece to slip into a playlist, but I am so glad you did. good job! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
brokemusician wrote:
This song is the cheese!
Have to agree. It's not very subtle...as a funeral march it's great, as anything else...not so good.
this song has a theatrical image tragic....
Lets pause to daydream for a moment......OK, BACK TO WORK NOW!!
ampersand wrote:
The choir I'm in just sung his "Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen" for an advent service, and it was wonderful. Quirky from a musical standpoint, as during one of the pieces the alto and bass section were singing in a different *key* from the sopranos and tenors. As I commented in a blog post shortly afterward, "The whole sequence is haunting, dissonant, chantlike. We're talking the voices of angels -- that is, real angels, the ones that do battle with demons in their spare time."
Sounds amazing! I'll have to check it out. How I miss being in a choir! :cry:
Gorecki--First thing that came to mind. Arvo Part is brilliant though. Gorecki's No.3 was used in a Vietnam documentary too, as well as the movie "Fearless," I believe.
It sounds like a death scene from a movie ... slow-mo of a bunch of people being cut down by gunfire or something I can't help but think of platoon when I hear this Man it's morbid but beautiful all at the same time That final note is magnificent