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Arvo Pärt

© Isabelle Francaix
© Isabelle Francaix
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Year of birth1935
NationalityEstonia
PeriodContemporary
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Arvo Pärt and Choral Singing in Estonia

Estonian Song and Dance Celebration © Endel Grensmann
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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LondonThe Gesualdo Six - There is no rose

Traditional, Praetorius, Harvey, Traditional German, Park, Tallis, Frances-Hoad, Byrd, Taverner, Pärt, Handl, Gabrieli, Rathbone
Owain Park; The Gesualdo Six

LondonThe Tallis Scholars

Praetorius, Byrd, Pärt, Rutter, Victoria
Peter Phillips; Tallis Scholars

BonnSilvesterkonzert

Beethoven, Brahms, Pärt
Luisa Imorde, Piano

Hong KongIn War & Peace: Harmony through music

Handel, Leo, Cavalieri, Purcell, Gesualdo, Pärt
Maxim Emelyanychev; Joyce DiDonato; Il pomo d'oro; Manuel Palazzo

PraguePärt, Schubert, Lutosławski

Pärt, Schubert, Lutosławski
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Manfred Honeck; Nicola Proksch; Marie-Henriette Reinhold; Patrick Grahl; Jan Martiník

OrdinoRituals. Spiritual borders

© Palau de la Música Catalana
Glass, Bach, Pärt
Orquestra Nacional Clàssica d'Andorra; Xavier Puig; Chamber Chorus of the Palau de la Música Catalana; Gérard Claret

BarcelonaCor de Cambra del Palau & ONCA

Glass, Bach, Pärt
Orquestra Nacional Clàssica d'Andorra; Xavier Puig; Chamber Chorus of the Palau de la Música Catalana; Simon Halsey

ZürichAndreas Scholl

© James McMillan and Decca
Bach, Pärt
Zurich Chamber Orchestra; Andreas Scholl; Willi Zimmermann
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Late night candlelit concerts at the Edinburgh Fringe

St Patrick's © St Andrew Camerata
Edinburgh Fringe’s late-night candlelit atmosphere: a packed St Patrick’s for a lovely Fauré Requiem from St Andrew Camerata and beautiful and haunting The Last Exit for soprano and clarinet at Old St Paul’s.
****1
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Prom 42: Paavo Järvi flies the flag for Estonia

Paavo Järvi conducts the Estonian Festival Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The Estonian Festival Orchestra makes its Proms debut in a refreshing Baltic-Nordic programme.
***11
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Synergy and excitement from Gerhardt and Ólafsson

Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
A generous programme by Alban Gerhardt and Víkingur Ólafsson saw a tale of two halves, with the classical poise of the first half and the more extrovert showpieces of the second. 
***11
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Women / Create! A Festival of Dance

Yusaku Komori in Armitage's Donkey Jaw Bone © Stephen Pisano
A mix of new and tried and tested works by Karole Armitage, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Carolyn Dorfman and Jennifer Muller
***11
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An inspiring, faith-filled concert in Riga

Sigvards Kļava © Riga Festival
The Latvian Radio Choir, coupled with the Sinfonietta Rīga Orchestra under the conductor Sigvards Kļava give an ethereal rendition of four contemporary Latvian composers in Riga Cathedral.
****1
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Playful light and colour from Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Ferhan & Ferzan Onder © Ali Guler
Imaginative Bach and an exciting new work by Dobrinka Tabakova played by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta with pianists Ferhan and Ferzan Önder.
***11
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Ticciati, Ólafsson and Shida Rigolo take their time at Kings Place

Miyoko Shida Rigolo © Miyoko Shida Rigolo
Hugo Ticciati and Víkingur Ólafsson explore notions of time, but a lesson in mindful performance comes from the gravity-defying Sanddorn Balance act.  
****1
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Windrush generation recalled by Phoenix Dance Theatre

Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Windrush: Movement of the People © Brian Slater
Phoenix Dance Theatre collides with the headlines with their mixed programme at Sadler's Wells.
****1
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