Episode #2906

Mainly Minimalism

« previous episode | next episode »

Monday, April 26, 2010

For this New Sounds, listen to the latest offering from Arvo Pärt - "In Principio" – for mixed chorus and orchestra. In it, Pärt sets the famous opening of the gospel of St. John: "In principio erat Verbum"("In the beginning was the word…"). We’ll also hear another movement from that same weighty work, "Erat lux vera" ("That was the True Light") and an instrumental work, "Mein Weg." Also, listen for some more so-called "holy minimalism" that looks east in music of John Tavener – his work "Svyati" for cello and choir. Then there’s also the alleged secular minimalism of Philip Glass, along with more minimalism from Christopher Roberts. And more.

PROGRAM # 2906, Minimalism, Sacred and Secular (First aired on Fri. 3/03/09)





Steven Isserlis

John Tavener - Svyati

Svyati, excerpt [1:30]

RCA #68761 Out of print, but try*

Arvo Pärt

In Principio

I. In principio erat Verbum [3:00]
III. Erat lux vera [7:00]

ECM #2050

Steven Isserlis

John Tavener - Svyati

Svyati [14:00]

See above.

Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma


Media Weather [8:00]

Sony Classical 87709

Arvo Pärt

In Principio

Mein Weg [6:00]

See above.

Christopher Roberts

Trios for Deep Voices

Hornbills [6:00]

Cold Blue CB0030

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.