Arvo Pärt and medieval music
O Successores is a unique combination of the East and the West. It is the music of the past and the present. The music of Arvo Pärt, one of the most eminent composers of our age, and the sound of vocal medieval music are timeless, eternal and open.
About the project
O Successores is a unique combination of the East and the West. It is the music of the past and the present. The music of Arvo Pärt, one of the most eminent composers of our age, and the sound of vocal medieval music are timeless, eternal and open. Being more than a century apart, their sharing of common aesthetic values is amazing. At the same time, they are in constant opposition as seen in Pärt's vocal drama Yearning of a Deer.
The medieval songs of the Western and Eastern churches, the early polyphony of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, weightless instrumental music by Pärt - all these form an opus which creates new states. It can be inspiring, contemplative, causing tension as a consequence of challenge of the past and the present.
Music: Arvo Pärt, Hildegarde von Bingen, Codex Las Huelgas, Kassia
Symphony Orchestra RTV SLOVENIA
Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovenica
Conductor and concept: Karmina Šilec
Premiere: 2005, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana
… this was a persuasively balanced project which gave a strong message, warned against negligence and forgetfulness of the creative, and warned about the eternity of certain deeds, in spite of human mortality ...
… ambitions extend far beyond simply beautiful singing – into the unknown …
… In the imaginary intersections – of time and timelessness …
… Carmina Slovenica choir was again almost painfully perfect. The girls can do practically everything: technical infallibility, the changing of colour and expression, the adjusting of interpretation...
… far more music impulses that can be imagined at all …
… the choir and the conductor have undoubtedly reached towards moments of light, pure and inquisitive stylistic touch …the choir’s well known studious perfection …
… triumphal interpretative tours of our ensembles … Carmina Slovenica which is, under the direction of the perceptive, sensitive and innovative conductor Karmina Šilec, determining new milestones of Slovene vocal performing practice ...
… closely approached the aesthetic ideal of a sublime angelic choir …