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Arvo Pärt: Beatus
Virgin Classics 7243 5 45276 2 3 (European 1st edition) CDC 7243 5 45276 2 3 (North American 1st edition)

Recorded at All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, England on September 16-18, 1996 (& Track 19 on May 8, 1995). Released in 1997.
Balance engineer:Geoff Miles; Producer:Stephen Johns.

All compositions by Arvo Pärt (1935-)
Track 1. Statuit ei Dominus (1990) (5:05)
Kaia Urb:soprano; Tiit Kogerman:tenor; Christopher Bowers- Broadbent, Ene Salumäe:organs.
Tracks 2.-7. Missa syllabica (1977, revised 1996) (16:07) Kaia Urb, Vilve Hepner:sopranos; Evelin Saul: alto; Mati Turi, Tiit Kogerman:tenors; Aarne Talvik:bass.
Track 8. Beatus Petronius (1990) (5:04) Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, Ene Salumäe:organs.
Tracks 9.-15. Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen (1988, revised 1991) (13:30)
Track 16. De profundis (1980) (5:35) Christopher Bowers-Broadbent:organ; Tõnu Kaljuste:percussion.
Track 17. Memento (1994) (8:48) Kaia Urb:soprano; Evelin Saul:alto; Tiit Kogerman:tenor.
Track 18. Cantate Domino (1977, revised 1991) (2:44) Christopher Bowers-Broadbent:organ; Ene Salumäe: celesta.
Track 19. Solfeggio (1964) (4:07)
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tõnu Kaljuste

Commissions, Dedications and Awards
De profundis is dedicated to the composer Gottfried von Einem. The Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen were composed for the RIAS Berlin Chamber Choir. Both Beatus Petronius and Statuit ei Dominus were commissioned in 1990 for the 600th anniversary of the Basilica San Petronio in Bologna, Italy. Memento was commissioned by the Göteborg Music Festival and the International Forum of New Choral Music, Rotenburg.
Music Publishers
The scores of Arvo Pärt: Beatus are published by Universal Edition Wien.
Other Points of Interest and Links
1. The North American CD booklet contains an essay by Philip Borg-Wheeler on Arvo Pärt's compositions in general, with specific attention to the works on this CD. There is also a brief biographical note on Tõnu Kaljuste. The European edition contains the above English notes and a German (translation by Anne Steeb & Bernd Müller) and French text (translation by Francis Marchal) as well. The North American edition contains only the original lyric texts (in Latin, German, or transliterated Church Slavonic) and an English translation, whereas the European edition adds a German and French translation as well.
2. The work Memento (1994) later became part of the larger work Kanon Pokajanen (1997) where it forms the majority of the section entitled Ode VII.
3. The European edition of this CD has a blue/green back cover and the North American CD edition back cover is orange for some unexplained reason (usually these things have some international consistency).
4. The website for Virgin Classics Records is