Title: Adam's Lament
Release date: 2012
Arvo Part has worked almost exclusively with sacred texts for the past three decades, building up a deserved reputation as the foremost religious composer of his era.
For “Adam's Lament”, he's drawn upon a text by the 20th-century St Silouan, which reflects the importance with which Part regards the figure of Adam, whom he sees as representing mankind individually and collectively. His lament is for the loss of God's favour, a slow torture tenderly evoked over 24 minutes, climaxing when Adam contemplates the tragedy of his own sons. Accompanied here by shorter pieces including “Salve Regina” and “L'Abbe Agathon”, it's an absorbing, meditative piece, if less beholden than usual to the composer's technique of tintinnabullation.
1. Adam's Lament - Latvian Radio Choir
2. Beatus Petronius - Latvian Radio Choir
3. Salve Regina - Latvian Radio Choir
4. Statuit ei Dominus - Latvian Radio Choir
5. Alleluja Tropus - Vox Clamantis
6. L'Abbe Agathon - Tui Hirv
7. Estonian Lullaby - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
8. Christmas Lullaby - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
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