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Arvo Pärt
Kanon Pokajanen

Arvo Pärt
Tõnu Kaljuste conductor
 
Ode I
Ode III
Ode IV
Ode V
Ode VI
Kondakion
Ikos
Ode VII
Ode VIII
Ode IX
Prayer after the Canon

Recorded June 1997
ECM New Series 1654
 
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World premiere recordings of music for choir by Arvo Pärt, based on the canon of repentance of the Russian Orthodox Church. The canon had long fascinated the Estonian composer who finally decided to set it in its entirety in music written to mark the 750th anniversary of Cologne Cathedral. Pärt: "It took over two years to compose the Kanon pokajanen, and its hold on me did not abate until I had finished the score...That may explain why this music means so much to me." As writer Uwe Schweikert has noted, it is "music full of austere, painful beauty."