Liszt: Via crucis, S. 53 - Pärt: Sacred Choral Works Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Kalle Randalu & Kaspars Putniņš

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Label: Ondine

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Choral

Artist: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Kalle Randalu & Kaspars Putniņš

Composer: Arvo Pärt (1935), Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

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  • Arvo Pärt (b. 1935): Solfeggio:
  • 1Solfeggio (Version for Chorus)03:28
  • Summa:
  • 2Summa (Version for Chorus)06:21
  • Zwei Beter:
  • 3Zwei Beter05:25
  • The Woman with the Alabaster Box:
  • 4The Woman with the Alabaster Box05:57
  • Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886): Via crucis, S. 53:
  • 5Via crucis, S. 53: Vexilla regis04:23
  • 6Via crucis, S. 53: I. Jesus wird zum Tode verdammt01:22
  • 7Via crucis, S. 53: II. Jesus trägt sein Kreuz02:21
  • 8Via crucis, S. 53: III. Jesus fällt zum ersten Mal01:26
  • 9Via crucis, S. 53: IV. Jesus begegnet seiner heiligen Mutter02:15
  • 10Via crucis, S. 53: V. Simon von Kyrene hilft Jesus das Kreuz tragen03:09
  • 11Via crucis, S. 53: VI. Sancta Veronica02:29
  • 12Via crucis, S. 53: VII. Jesus fällt zum zweiten Mal01:26
  • 13Via crucis, S. 53: VIII. Die Frauen von Jerusalem03:05
  • 14Via crucis, S. 53: IX. Jesus fällt zum dritten Mal01:32
  • 15Via crucis, S. 53: X. Jesus wird entkleidet01:46
  • 16Via crucis, S. 53: XI. Jesus wird ans Kreuz gsechlagen00:58
  • 17Via crucis, S. 53: XII. Jesus stirbt am Kreuze07:41
  • 18Via crucis, S. 53: XIII. Jesus wird vom Kreuz genommen03:50
  • 19Via crucis, S. 53: XIV. Jesus wird ins Grab gelegt05:25
  • Total Runtime01:04:19

Info for Liszt: Via crucis, S. 53 - Pärt: Sacred Choral Works

This program by the award-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under the direction of its artistic director and chief conductor Kaspars Putnins includes Franz Liszt’s (1881-1886) mystery-filled Via Crucis as well as four enigmatic and spiritual choral works by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935). Liszt’s Via Crucis is one of his religious keyworks representing his late modern style. Liszt joined the Franciscan Order in Rome in 1865 and remained as a devout Catholic until the end of his life. Liszt became interested in the Gregorian chant and the works of Palestrina. His stay in Rome inside the Vatican walls inspired him to write several religious works, including the Via Crucis. During Liszt’s lifetime, and even today, his religious works were somewhat neglected: Via Crucis was completed in 1879, but not premiered until 1929. This recorded version for choir and piano features Kalle Randalu, one of Estonia’s internationally most well-known pianists. This recording includes Arvo Pärt’s first choral work, Solfeggio, from the 1960s, which is already looking towards his later style. Pärt has described his Summa from 1977 as his “most strict and enigmatic work” in his series of works in the tintinnabuli style. The two other choral works are based on biblical passages from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.

Kalle Randalu, piano
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Kaspars Putniņš, conductor

Kalle Randalu
was born 1956 in Tallinn (Estonia).When barely 6 years old, he already attended a special music school for especially talented children. After spending 5 years at the academy of music in Tallinn, where he was a student of Prof. Bruno Lukk, he changed to the Music Conservatory in Moscow, as a student in the masterclass of Prof. Lev Vlassenko.

Mr. Kalle Randalu is the winner of many internationally recognized piano competitions: in 1971 at the Czechoslovakian competition for young pianists, and in addition, he was awarded the first prize in 1976 at the all-union-competitions in Tallinn,; in 1981 he won the Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau; in 1982 he won the Tschaikowsky Competition in Moscow; and in 1985 he won the first prize in the ARD (German television) Competition in Munich.

He gave concerts in Canada, Japan, Brasil, Russia, and in many european countries. Since 1988 he has lived in Germany. He has worked as a teacher at the Staatliche Hochschule for Musik (Conservatory of Music) in Karlsruhe since 1989; since 1994 he is a professor at the University of Freiburg,. During various summer festivals, Mr. Randalu offers master classes in Finnland, Brasil and Canada. Between 1991 and 1993 he was the artistic director of the summer festival in Jyväskylä, Finnland.

He has made music with some of the world's most famous orchestras, such as the St. Petersburg Philarmonic Orchestra, the orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra and the Grand Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, the chamber orchestras of Württemberg, Bratislava and St. Petersburg, the Symphony Orchestra of Göteborg, the Symphony Orchestra of Iceland, and the Finnish Radio Orchestra.

He has worked together with such conductors as Jörg Faerber, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Hans Martin Schneidt, Neeme Järvi, Peeter Lilje, Mariss Jansons, Natan Rachlin, Vladimir Fedossejew, Maxim Schostakowitsch, Leif Segerstam and many others.

Randalu is also well known as a chamber musician. He has worked with such soloists as Sabine Meyer, Jewgeni Nesterenko, Wolfgang Meyer, David Geringas, Reinhold Friedrich and many others. In addition, he is a member of the internationally renowned chamber orchestra „Villa Musica", working together with soloists such as Thomas Brandis, Ida Bieler, Ulf Rodenhäuser, Radovan Vlatkovitch, Klaus Thunemann, Sergio Azzolini, Martin Ostertag, Peter Sadlo, Ingo Goritzki, Jean-Claude Gerard, Boris Björn Bagger and others.

Booklet for Liszt: Via crucis, S. 53 - Pärt: Sacred Choral Works

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