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Jerry’s Favorites for November
Stunningly powerful sacred music from another isolated corner of the globe by Arvo Pärt, arguably the most popular contemporary composer alive. These shorter pieces range from the recent–Da pacem Domine, a quiet and powerful prayer for peace composed in 2004–to the early and glorious Magnificat, written in 1989. Of special note is the world premiere recording of Pärt’s Two Slavonic Psalms (1997), his first acappella work using the “tintinnabuli” style. The Eastonian Chamber Choir, under Paul Hillier’s direction, is magnificent.