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The link between these two composers is the Orthodox faith, so to some extent the same sound-world is prevalent; but there the similarity ends. In his Stabat Mater, Pärt embarks on a meditative journey of deep introspection. Using his favoured tintinnabuli, the composer alternates between simple triads and dissonance in a revelation of inner pain. The excellent Goeyvaerts String Trio – using just intonation – give the performance an ethereal quality, which combines with the wonderful clarity and blend of the three singers for a simply stunning performance. This high standard is maintained for Ivan Moody’s Simeron (Today). Starting with the body of Jesus being taken down from the cross, the music portrays death and resurrection, from darkness to light. The work doesn’t cast the transcendental atmosphere of the Pärt, but sends the listener a more upbeat message of deliverance.

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