Music By Arvo Pärt, From The Met Museum Watch the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir perform an extended piece derived from an ancient canon of repentance. Unfolding as a long prayer, the music is rich, multilayered and mesmerizing.

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Music By Arvo Pärt, From The Met Museum's Temple Of Dendur

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Arvo Pärt's devout, contemplative, seemingly timeless music speaks to modern listeners as almost no other composer's does. It has the purity and gravity of monastic chant, the clarity of minimalism and a profound spirituality. These qualities have helped it find a broad audience outside the confines of classical music. Pärt's music has been used in films like There Will be Blood and Fahrenheit 9/11 and even TV's So You Think You Can Dance.

This live broadcast from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir — with the 78-year-old composer attending — will show not just the bracing beauty of his work but the depth and richness of his native country's singing tradition. The chorus and founding conductor Tõnu Kaljuste won a 2013 Grammy for their recording of Pärt's Adam's Lament.

Kanon Pokajanen (Canon of Repentance) is a setting of 7th-century text by St. Andrew of Crete for voices alone. The piece was commissioned to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the cathedral in Cologne, Germany and premiered there in 1998. This performance is amidst even older architecture — the Temple of Dendur, a 2,000-year-old Egyptian building housed in the museum's Sackler Wing.

Program:

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor

PÄRT: Kanon Pokajanen

  • Ode I
  • Ode III
  • Ode IV
  • Ode V
  • Ode VI
  • Kondakion
  • Ikos
  • Ode VII
  • Ode VIII
  • Ode IX
  • Prayer after the Canon

English translations of the Church Slavonic texts (and the originals) may be found here.

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