Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Kaspars Putnins - Alfred Schnittke & Arvo Pärt: Choral Works (2018)
Classical, Choral | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 217 MB
Label: BIS | Tracks: 14 | Time: 59:44 min
Alfred Schnittke and Arvo Pärt lived through times of remarkable change in the last decades of the Soviet Union. From the 1970s, state restrictions on religion were gradually relaxed and this was reflected in the arts and especially in music. Schnittkes adoption of Christianity was triggered by the death of his mother in 1972, and culminated in his later conversion to Catholicism. Pärt was from a nominally Lutheran background in Estonia, but embraced the Orthodox faith in the 1970s, following intensive study of liturgical music. Both composers began to incorporate religious themes into their work, moving away from the modernist abstraction that had characterized their early careers.