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This attractively packaged 2-CD set celebrates Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday, which fell in September 2015. ECM has drawn on its significant back catalogue of Pärt’s work, with the music being chosen by Manfred Eicher. Eicher founded ECM New Series in 1984 to champion Pärt’s music; the recordings enshrined on this pair of well-filled discs have now achieved classic contemporary status. Eicher’s selection makes for an extremely satisfying and musically rich experience, getting close to the ‘spirituality’ that characterises so much of Pärt’s output. The musical values of the performances are of the highest, with so many artists, ensembles and orchestras embodying the authentic ‘voice’ of the composer. A satisfying experience as it stands, the set also provides a useful introduction to Pärt’s art.

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