Pärt: Triodion (CD Review - Music Week, 2003)

With six world premiere recordings to its credit, this disc would immediately attract attention even if the performances were not of the exceptional quality that they are here. Harmonic simplicity and the clear delivery of words are Part’s concerns in these works, united to haunting effect in the album’s solemn title track, Triodion. Stephen Layton and Polyphony clearly captured the Estonian composer’s heart at London’s Temple Church this January. Classic FM and Radio Three’s CD Review have already got behind this album, which is promoted as Hyperion’s record of the month.

Adam Woods 

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