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Eternity and Purpose

Donald Macleod focuses on the years after Part's move to the West in 1980.

In the autumn of 1979, Arvo and Nora Pärt had an unexpected caller at their apartment. It was a leading member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party in Soviet Estonia. He'd dropped by to offer a friendly suggestion: it might be better all round if they left the country. It was meant to look like a voluntary decision, but it was really an eviction order. So, at five o'clock on the morning of 18th January 1980, telling their children they were all going on a round-the-world trip, they set off from Baltic Station in Tallinn. Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the life and music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, in this programme focusing on the years after Pärt's move to the West. Part of the BBC's Classical Voice season, celebrating the art of singing.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Arvo Pärt

    Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten For String Orchestra And Bell

    Conductor: Tamás Benedek. Orchestra: Magyar Állami Operaház zenekara.
    • NAXOS : 8.-553750.
    • NAXOS.
    • 9.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Cantate Domino (Psalm 96) For Vocal Ensemble And Organ

    Performer: Theatre of Voices. Performer: Christopher Bowers-Broadbent. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : HMV-907182.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 10.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Ein Wallfahrtslied For Male Chorus And String Orchestra (Psalm 121)

    Conductor: Tõnu Kaljuste. Choir: Radiokören.
    • ECM RECORDS : NEW SERIES-1795.
    • ECM RECORDS.
    • 1.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Miserere For Soloists, Chorus And Instruments

    Performer: The Hilliard Ensemble. Director: Paul Hillier.
    • ECM RECORDS : 1430-847 539-2.
    • ECM RECORDS.

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