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Arvo Pärt and Choral Singing in Estonia

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt talks about the current popularity of choral music. We also discover from Maris Hellrand why choral singing in Estonia is so vibrant. 
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SeoulHåkan Hardenberger: Brazen Genius

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
Hertel, Bach C.P.E., Pärt, Honegger, Jolivet
Seoul Philharmonic; Håkan Hardenberger; Sooyeon Lim

LondonPlatinum Choral Workshop: The Deer's Cry

Platinum Choral Workshop: The Deer's Cry
Pärt, Lotti, Holst, Harris
Scott Inglis-Kidger; Platinum Consort; Ghislaine Morgan

LondonAustralian Chamber Orchestra: Bach & Pärt

Barbican
Pärt, Bach, Grigorjeva, Sculthorpe
Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

LuganoTonhalle Orchester Zürich and Paavo Järvi

© Zdenek Chrapek
Pärt, Chopin, Mozart
Tonhalle Orchester Zürich; Paavo Järvi; Maria João Pires

AmsterdamAfternoon Concert: Rosanne Philippens and Julien Quentin

© Simon van Boxtel
Szymanowski, Pärt, Schubert
Rosanne Philippens; Julien Quentin

AmsterdamAmsterdam Sinfonietta and Netherlands Chamber Choir: Fauré's Requiem

© Melle Meivogel
Nystedt, Bach, Pärt, Shostakovich, Fauré
Amsterdam Sinfonietta; Netherlands Chamber Orchestra; Candida Thompson; Jasper Schweppe

LondonPekka Kuusisto / Nico Muhly: Breaking Ground

Barbican
Muhly, Glass, Traditional, Bach, Pärt
Pekka Kuusisto; Nico Muhly

AmsterdamArtist in residence: Janine Jansen

Artist in residence: Janine Jansen
Pärt, Hillborg, Tüür, Stravinsky
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Kristiina Poska; Janine Jansen
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Inspired by Elizabethan music: Gardner and the Bergen Phil

Edward Gardner © Bergen Philharmonic
The Bergen Phil and the Edvard Grieg Choir trace music from Elizabethan themes to 20th century works on them, culminating in Pärt's Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten.
***11
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Visions of Classical (Re)Vision in San Francisco

Mathilde Froustey and Carlo Di Lanno in Welch's Bespoke © Erik Tomasson
“Your love affair with ballet, your time with ballet, is short,” explains Welsh about his ballet Bespoke, “Eventually you lay down, and dance keeps moving. It’s a bittersweet thing.”
****1
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Into silence: Arvo Pärt's distinctive soundworld casts a spell

Arvo Pärt with Tõnu Kaljuste, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra © Luciano Rossetti
A portrait concert of music by Arvo Pärt, while single-mindedly contemplative in tone, proves surprisingly absorbing in the hands of his most authoritative interpreters.
****1
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Stephenson's Une Saison en Enfer lights up Aurora Orchestra

Allan Clayton © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Aurora Orchestra prove too muscular for accompanying voices in Wigmore Hall, but Stephenson's setting of Rimbaud's poetry is impressive.
***11
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New at the Zurich helm, Paavo Järvi points north

Paavi Järvi and the Tonhalle Orchestra © Gaëtan Bally
Paavo Järvi launches his tenure as Chief Conductor of Zurich’s fine Tonhalle Orchestra with works by Arvo Pärt and Jean Sibelius.
****1
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Three pieces by Pärt and Schnittke transcend time in Harlem

Joshua Roman and Conor Hanick © Kevin Condon
The underground crypt came alive with hymns and avowals for piano and cello in a program entitled “The Instant and the Eternal”.
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Paavo Järvi and Viktoria Mullova impress in Sibelius and Tchaikovsky

Viktoria Mullova © Benjamin Ealovega
Paavo Järvi brought pathos and nuance to Sibelius' Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. 
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Steve Reich world premiere in New York

The Shed © Iwan Baan
London's new Centre for Music has much to learn from the Big Apple's mistakes.
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