Where to turn after Arvo Part?
March 13, 2009 12:25 PM   Subscribe

Arvo Part blows me away. Who else should I check out?

My taste tends towards Fratres and Summa, the choral work less so.
posted by mizrachi to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Pärt is one of a series of Eastern European minimalists who started getting more attention in the US after the collapse of the Soviet Union. There's several of them: Henryk Górecki and Witold Lutosławski being two accessible and prolific composers. Górecki's Symphony No. 3 is particularly well known. It's a bit gimmicky, but so beautiful it makes my heart ache when I listen to it.
posted by Nelson at 12:59 PM on March 13, 2009

I came here to make the same recc's as Nelson, so...seconding Nelson.
posted by rhizome at 1:18 PM on March 13, 2009

You'll probably like John Tavener too...
posted by ob at 1:37 PM on March 13, 2009

Also, Pēteris Vasks. And Alfred Schnittke.
posted by AwkwardPause at 1:50 PM on March 13, 2009

I recommend the choral works of Eric Whitacre. Especially Lux Arumque, available on this CD
posted by tylerfulltilt at 3:40 PM on March 13, 2009

Try:I would also very strongly second Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 -- hauntingly beautiful.
posted by fhangler at 4:17 PM on March 13, 2009

Lauridsen's choral pieces are gorgeous.
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 5:24 PM on March 13, 2009

Have you heard Stars of the Lid? Really not far from Part, IMO.
posted by davebush at 6:36 PM on March 13, 2009

A little late and a little different, but Morton Feldman, Luigi Nono.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 12:48 AM on March 14, 2009

In addition to those mentioned above: Valentin Silvestrov, Georgs Pelēcis, and maybe also Sofia Gubaidulina & Giya Kancheli.

A few CDs I can recommend featuring works by Pärt together with other composers: 1, 2, 3.
posted by misteraitch at 1:28 AM on March 14, 2009

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