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Arvo Part

Composer Arvo PartPhoto: Eric Marinitsch

January 13, 2021

Composer Arvo Part is famous for the beautifully stark simplicity of his music...and he is a hero in his native country of Estonia. Every year, the city of Tallinn throws a big birthday bash for him called Arvo Part Days. On today's show, hear a performance of L'abbe Agathon by Arvo Part, from a concert celebrating his 85th birthday.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Hector Berlioz: Rakoczy March, from The Damnation of Faust
New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Bernstein Favorite Marches
Sony 46709

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7: Mvt. 1
New York Philharmonic; Alan Gilbert, conductor
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY

Piano Puzzler: Contestant is Chuck Romportl from Hopkins, MN

Arvo Part: L'abbe Agathon
Maria Listra, soprano; Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Tonu Kaljuste, conductor
Arvo Part Days, St. John's Church, Tallinn, Estonia

Hour 2

Nicola Piovani, arr. Italian Saxophone Quartet: La vita e bella
Italiano Saxophone Quartet
The Italian Way: From Classic to Film Music
Da Vinci Classics C00098

Romero Aldemaro: Fuga con pajarillo
Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw; Christian Vasquez, conductor
Witold Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Studio, Warsaw

Felix Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1
Pacifica Quartet
Interlochen Presents, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen, MI

Freddie Mercury, arr. The Italian Saxophone Quartet: Bohemian Rhapsody
The Italian Saxophone Quartet
The Friends of Chamber Music, A&M United Methodist Church, College Station, TX