An Arvo Pärty

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In 2010, we marked the 75th birthday of the beloved Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, and his lesser known contemporary, Georgian composer Giya Kancheli. On November 10, 2010 vibraphonist Andrei Pushkarev and pianist Andrius Zlabys celebrated the longevity of these two composers in a performance featuring works by Pärt, Kancheli and J.S. Bach.

Though it may be unexpected to see these particular composers back to back in a program, all three are bound by marked spiritual elements in their disparate compositional styles. Perhaps the least-known composer of the group, Giya Kancheli currently resides in Belgium and holds the post of composer-in-residence at the Royal Flemish Philharmonic. His compositions are largely secular, though as with Bach and Pärt, he certainly summons religious inspiration. Several of his works reference prayer, psalms and a general interest in the afterlife in their title.

Don't forget to poke around the Q2 Live Concert archive for more exciting live performances at your fingertips. You can access Q2 24/7 through our pop-out audio player or iTunes. (L)PR’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Noriko Okabe.


Arvo Pärt: Für Alina

Andrius Zlabys, piano

Giya Kancheli: Five pieces from "The Songbook"

Andrei Pushkarev, vibraphone

J.S. Bach: Partita No. 6

J. S. Bach/Andrei Pushkarev: Two Part Invention # 1 in C major, Two Part Invention # 9 in f minor

Andrius Zlabys and Andrei Pushkarev

Giya Kancheli: Three pieces from "The Songbook"

Andrius Zlabys

Arvo Pärt: Passacaglia

Andrius Zlabys and Andrei Pushkarev