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Arvo Pärt: Te Deum ECM New Series 1505 (78118-20003-2 BMG edition for 1st North American release, 289-439-162-2 Universal Music Group edition for 2nd North American release)

Recorded at the Lohjan Kirkko, Finland in January 1993. Released in late 1993. Tonmeister:Peter Laenger & Andreas Neubronner; Producer:Manfred Eicher; An ECM Production.

All compositions by Arvo Pärt (1935-)
Track 1. Te Deum (1984-1986) (28:43)
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra / Tõnu Kaljuste
Track 2. Silouans Song ("My soul yearns after the Lord...") (1991) for string orchestra (5:35) Tallinn Chamber Orchestra / Tõnu Kaljuste
Track 3. Magnificat (1989) (6:38)
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tõnu Kaljuste
Tracks 4.-11. Berliner Messe (1990-1992) (24:31) Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra / Tõnu Kaljuste

Commissions, Dedications and Awards
Te Deum was commissioned by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Köln and is dedicated to Alfred Schlee. Silouans Song was commissioned by Svenska Rikskonserter and is dedicated to Archimandrite Sophrony and his brethren. Magnificat was commissioned by Deutscher Musikrat and is dedicated to Christian Grube and the Staats- und Domchor Berlin. Berliner Messe was commissioned by the 90. Deutscher Katholikentag, Berlin 1990.

Music Publishers
The scores of Te Deum, Silouans Song, Magnificat and Berliner Messe are published by Universal Edition Wien.

Other Points of Interest and Links
1. The CD booklet contains the texts of the three vocal works in Latin, German, English and French. There are also a series of 23 photos of the recording sessions at the Lohjan Kirkko which include some with the composer Arvo Pärt and the producer Manfred Eicher as well as many of the EPCC and the TCO and Tõnu Kaljuste by photographer Tõnu Tormis.
2. The ECM Records website has a page for this recording which can be seen here.