PERFORMED BY GRAMMY WINNING VOCAL ENSEMBLE VOX CLAMANTIS (ESTONIA)
Melbourne Recital Centre is proud to welcome Grammy winning vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis to Elisabeth Murdoch Hall this summer for a performance of the holy minimalist music by Arvo Pärt and a seamless mix of Mediaeval chant in an exquisite and haunting performance. Tickets are on sale now.
Invoking a timeless beauty of age old vocal traditions from the Baltics, the acclaimed Estonian ensemble, Vox Clamantis demonstrates a power of singing so deeply embedded within their culture. Known for their performances based on Gregorian chant and early polyphony mixed in with works by contemporary composers, this concert features the music of Arvo Pärt released on the ECM record label, home to Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Steve Reich and John Cage.
The ensemble revolves around its leader Jaan-Eik Tulve. During the 20 years of its existence singers have come and gone, but one man and his vision of music has been consistently in the centre. It all started with Gregorian chant, which Tulve studied in Paris in the 1990s. In Estonia he formed Vox Clamantis, focused solely on singing old plainsongs that are the foundation of Western art music. The ensemble’s various line-ups were always like gatherings of kindred spirits, devotees to the idea that the essence of Gregorian chant can reach beyond its stylistic boundaries and freely blend with the music of modern ages and other cultures.
In 2012 ECM released the album Filia Sion to positive reviews. In the same year, Vox Clamantis also participated in the Grammy-winning album Adam’s Lament with music by Arvo Pärt. Their latest recording Arvo Pärt: The Deer’s Cry (ECM) won a Diapason d’Or award, Chock in French magazine Classica, the Monthly Choice in BBC Music Magazine and the Classical Album of the Year Award in Estonia, plus a 7.4 rated review from Pitchfork, claiming Pärt’s masterfully produced music was ‘bolstered by a powerful interpretation from the vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis’.
Vox Clamantis connection to Arvo Pärt dates back to 1999 when the ensemble performed his organ piece Annum per Annum mixed together with liturgical chant, to which the composer was enthusiastic about their idea. Since then, the group’s contact with Pärt’s music has only deepened. Today it is a relationship that is warm and friendly rather than just professional.
ABOUT ARVO PÄRT
Arvo Pärt, born 11 September 1935, is an Estonian composer of classical and religious music. Since the late 1970s, Pärt has worked in a minimalist style that employs his self-invented compositional technique, tintinnabuli. Pärt’s music is in part inspired by Gregorian chant. His most performed works include Fratres (1977), Spiegel im Spiegel (1978), and Fur Alina (1976). Pärt has been the most performed living composer in the world for five consecutive years.
‘The level of artistry necessary to achieve the kind of living, breathing performance given here by the Estonian choir Vox Clamantis is a rarity. The 15 singers sound is complete, comfortable possession of the music and its incantatory intentions’ – Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine
Thursday 25 January, 7.30pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall (70-mins no interval)
Vox Clamantis (Estonia)
Tickets $55 ($45 conc)
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre
Listen to the album Arvo Pärt: The Deer’s Cry by Vox Clamantis on Spotify here
Watch Vox Clamantis perform Alleluia Tropus on YouTube bq. herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nWdTLeZ-Qg
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