Arvo Pärt - A Primer ('91-2010)

contemporary filmmakers love putting this dude's music into movies. it's obviously modern but extremely tonal, and without any of the dissonance usually associated with 21st century music. it's not exactly lush, though. usually just one or two very simple quiet lines of melody that either converge and crescendo to euphoric peaks, or just as easily end as plainly and hauntingly as they began. there's an austere and meditative quality here that is both oddly attractive and powerful.


there was a huge rush to record Pärt's music in the last 10 years, you can find tons of recordings cheap/used at your local mom&pops on ECM and Naxos.

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