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Arvo Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen
ECM New Series 1654/55 (457 834-2 European Edition) (78118-21654-2 BMG Classics 1st North American Edition) (Universal Music Group 2nd North American Edition)
Recorded at the Niguliste Church, Tallinn, Estonia in June 1997. Released in 1998.
Tonmeister:Teije van Geest; Producer:Manfred Eicher; An ECM Production.

All compositions by Arvo Pärt (1935-)
Tracks 1.-11. Kanon Pokajanen (1997) for soloists & mixed choir (83:18)
Kaia Urb:soprano; Ave Moor:alto; Tiit Kogerman:tenor; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tõnu Kaljuste

Commissions, Dedications and Awards
Kanon Pokajanen
was commissioned by KölnMusik GmbH for the 750th anniversary celebration of Cologne Cathedral in 1998 and is dedicated to Tõnu Kaljuste and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.
Music Publishers
The score of Kanon Pokajanen is published by Universal Edition Wien.
Other Points of Interest and Links
1. The CD booklet contains the text of Kanon Pokajanen which is printed in Church Slavonic, English (translation:Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY), French (translation:Camille et Michel Egger) and German (translation:Orthodoxe Mönchskite des Hl. Spyridon zu Geilnau). There are also introductory notes by Marina Bobrik-Frömke and Arvo Pärt printed in German, English (translation:Catherine Schelbert), French (translation:Camille et Michel Egger), Italian (translation:Helmut Failoni) and Russian. There are also 4 photographs of the interior of the Niguliste Church by photographer Tõnu Tormis.
2. The ECM Records website has a page for this recording which can be seen here.