Performances worldwide of Arvo Pärt's music from the Universal Edition database

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Of Nostalgia and Dreams Come True

Malle Maltis | Sirp

Arvo Pärt 75

The Estonian music community marked Arvo Pärt’s 75th birthday with a series of events lasting more than a month. It is quite hard to even count up all the musical events in August and September that were dedicated to Pärt for his birthday, as they included many individual performances and small concerts that were not widely advertised. The centrepiece of the series of events was the Celebration Weeks held between 17 August and 26 September and organised by the Nargen Festival, which included commemorative events in Paide and Rakvere.

Pärt’s birthday festival featured almost all of Estonia’s best-known musical artists, with performances from the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian National Male Choir, Vox Clamantis, the chamber choir Voces Musicales, and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Pärt’s music was conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste, Daniel Reuss, Eri Klas, Neeme Järvi, Risto Joost, Jaan-Eik Tulve and Aarne Saluveer. World-famous international performers of Pärt’s music also visited the festival, notably The Hilliard Ensemble, Cello Octet Amsterdam, soprano Arianna Savall and violinists Gidon Kremer and Tatjana Grindenko. The concentrated choice of performances gave an overview of Pärt as a composer with an unusually broad range and of the many sides to his work, from the merry music of puppet films and works for young listeners, such as Five Songs for Children or the cantata Our Garden, through major works in dodecaphonic or tintinnabuli style Tabula rasa and Fratres, to the newest and most emotionally dynamic work Adam’s Lament. Other major works by Pärt were also performed, including Kanon pokajanen, Symphony No. 3, In principio and Miserere, while several new arrangements of Pärt’s earlier works were also featured in the festival, notably Missa brevis for eight cellos and Da Pacem Domine for male voice choir.

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