11 September 7pm, Tallinn St John Church (Jaani kirik)


Maria Listra (soprano)
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Ene Salumäe (organ)
Kadri Toomoja (organ)
Conductor Tõnu Kaljuste

Arvo Pärt

- Statuit ei Dominus
- Cecilia, vergine romana (arrangement by Tõnis Kõrvits)
- Beatus Petronius
- L'Abbé Agathon
- Adam’s Lament

In Tallinn, Arvo Pärt's birthday concert is the premiere of “Cecilia, vergine romana”, a piece originally created by the composer for a choir and a symphony orchestra, now conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste but presented in Tõnis Kõrvits's more chamberlike arrangement. Two choirs and two organs will join to bring to the public in this unusual cast the rarely played pieces “Statuit ei Dominus” and “Beatus Petronius”. Tallinn Chamber Choir with the clear soprano of the soloist Maria Listra, schooled in London, performs “L’abbé Agathon”.The end of the concert receives its final touch from Arvo Pärt's main creation of the last decade “Adam’s Lament”, the recording with the same title brought a Grammy award to Tõnu Kaljuste.

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Arvo Pärt 85

Nargenfestival celebrates Arvo Pärt's 85th birthday with the new, and never heard in Estonia before, version of the composer's several pieces arranged by himself and others. At the opening concert will sound a new version of the work of the early days of tintinnabuli style “If Bach Had Been a Beekeeper …” performed by Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Arranger Tõnis Kõrvits has given a more chamberlike sound to “Cecilia, vergine romana”, a work originally written for a choir and a symphony orchestra. Another part of the festival includes the new arrangements from Raschèr Saxophone Quartet (Germany), who celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. The festival's artistic director Tõnu Kaljuste with Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and British violin soloists Hugo Ticciati and Priya Mitchell will bring to the audience's attention thrilling juxtapositions of Arvo Pärt's and Benjamin Britten's creative works. In addition to that, the composer's pieces will be placed side by side with Tõnu Kõrvits's latest piece by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. The intertwining of Pärt's and Kreek's choral works will be performed by the ensemble Vox Clamantis conducted by Jaan-Eik Tulve. The anniversary season's highlight will be the traditional Arvo Pärt's birthday concert of the composer's pieces with a soprano soloist, two organs, two choirs and an orchestra.

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