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David Dalle
Thursday October 21st, 2010 with David Dalle
First recording of Arvo Part's latest work, his 4th Symphony

Today's show features Arvo Pärt's Symphony No. 4 for string orchestra and percussion. His first symphony in 37 years. Commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2009 and recorded it in 2010. It is a work of stunning beauty and stillness, though it has moments of tension and darkness, ultimately rising towards spiritual peace. Before hearing this new work, we hear a wide range of other music to set the mood, both beautiful and profound, focusing mostly on strings and voices. Starting with another exquisite work for string orchestra, the famous Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ralph Vaughan Williams/London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink - A London Symphony - EMI
Hovern' engan
Levon Minassian & Armand Amar - Songs from a world apart - Long Distance
Malek Masoudi - Mandir - Shahram
Toun en kelkhen imastoun yes
K. Zakarian - Arménie - Musique de tradition popularie et des Achough - Ocora
A Cold Winter
L'Ensemble Soinari - Idjassi - Long Distance
The Tsinandali Choir - Table Songs of Georgia - Realworld
Erke Kyz
Tengir-Too - Music of Central Asia vol. 1 Mountain Music of Kyrgzstan - Smithsonian Folkways
Zainidin Imanaliev - Music of Central Asia vol. 1 Mountain Music of Kyrgzstan - Smithsonian Folkways
Dour Mashaw
Davlatmand Kholaf, Abdoussattar Abdoullaev - Music from East Tadjikestan - Kargha-e-Mousighi
Symphony No. 4
Arvo Part/Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Symphony No. 4 - ECM Records New
Spem in Alium
Thomas Tallis/The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury - Spem in Alium - Argo