Arvo Pärt: Orient Occident
ECM New Series 1795 (Universal Music Group 289 472 080-2 for North American release)
Recorded at the Berwaldhallen, Swedish Radio, Stockholm, Sweden from May 28 - June 1, 2001. Released on September 23, 2002 (Europe), September 24, 2002 (USA), October 1, 2002 (Canada).
Tonmeister: Jan B. Larsson; Engineers: Anders Hägglöf, Rune Sundvall; Producer: Manfred Eicher; Co-production ECM Records / Swedish Radio.
All compositions by Arvo Pärt
Wallfahrtslied / Pilgrims' Song (1984) (version for men's choir and string orchestra 2001) 8:49
Swedish Radio Choir (men's voices) & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Tõnu Kaljuste
Orient & Occident (2000) (for string orchestra) 7:05
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Tõnu Kaljuste
Como cierva sedienta (1998) (version for women's choir and orchestra) 31:21
Helena Olsson: soprano solo,
Swedish Radio Choir (women's voices) & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Tõnu Kaljuste
Commissions, Dedications and Awards
Research in progress.
Wallfahrtslied, Orient & Occident, and Como cierva sedienta are published by Universal Edition.
Other Points of Interest and Links
1. The CD notes consist of complete original texts for the 2 vocal works and translations as necessary to German, English and French. Brief notes on the compositions are written by Nora and Arvo Pärt.
2. An early review for this disc on the web is at the Philadelphia Inquirer - New Recordings, Sunday Sept. 29, 2002 by David Patrick Stearns. Quote: "****[4 stars]... While Pärt's music was once content to insinuate, it's now out to astonish".
3. The ECM Records website has a page for this release which you can see here. There is a separate Orient Occident Press Reactions page which is here (it includes portions of the Gramophone Magazine's October 2002 Record of the Month review). Some other interesting internet reviews for this disc are also available at The Guardian newspaper website which can be seen here or the classical.net website which is available here.