Spiegel im Spiegel
The simplest of simple works for violin and piano, this is a hypnotically slow, fragile piece with an almost religious intensity.
Vladimir Spivakov (violin), Sergei Berzodny (piano)
ECM 449 9582
Scored for three choirs, prepared piano, strings and wind harp, the 1984 Te Deum employs Pärt’s minimalist ‘Tintinnabuli’ style that he still uses to this day.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra/Tonu Kajuste
ECM 439 1622
Pärt wrote his most popular work shortly after Britten’s death in 1976. Gently falling minor scales on the strings are interspersed with a bell’s melancholy toll.
Scottish National Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Chandos CHAN 241-26
Also written in the 1970s, Pärt’s orchestral piece features imaginative interplay between flurries of strings and a solo violin and prepared piano.
Tasmin Little (violin), Martin Roscoe (piano), Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Richard Studt
EMI 565 0312
In this 1971 work Bachian counterpoint features alongside touches of Russian Orthodox, a Church Pärt later joined.
Ulster Orchestra/Takuo Yuasa