Arvo Pärt: Passio

Exquisitely restrained yet indescribably intense, Arvo Pärt’s Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem is a modern masterpiece. This hour-long setting of St John’s Gospel draws upon some of the earliest settings of the passion story to reframe and distil its message for modern listeners. Interpolating passages for solo voices and choral ensembles, we are never far away from familiar passion territory and yet, with Pärt’s characteristic vocal candour and pared-down orchestration, it is a work that somehow remains timeless. We were delighted to join forces with the extraordinary vocal talents of Dunedin Consort in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh, where we captured this performance.

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Passio by Arvo Pärt is performed by arrangement with Universal Edition A.G. Wien.

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Arvo Pärt: Passio

Hebrides Ensemble and Dunedin Consort perform Arvo Pärt's exquisite Passio, recorded in St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh.

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