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Pärt: Miserere - The Hilliard Ensemble / Dennis Russell Davies
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  1. Miserere
  2. Festina Lente
  3. Sarah Was Ninety Years Old

This recording shows a different side of Arvo Pärt's compositional work. The title composition has unusual instrumentation: winds and brass, choir and soloists, electric guitar, and bass guitar. The lyrics come slowly, one word per bar at a near pppp volume level. The text comes from Psalm 51, David's "Have Mercy on Me" psalm, before bursting like an apocalyptic fire into the classic "Dies Irae," a tremendous assault of holy terror best listened to in the dark by the fireplace. "Festina Lente" is a shorter work for strings ...

Pärt: Miserere 2000, ECM

UPC: 042284753920

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Pärt: Miserere 1991, Polygram

UPC: 781182143029

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