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Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa [Deluxe Re-issue]

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Arvo Pärt's music is immediately recognizable for its quiet, compelling sense of gravitas. Yet its apparent simplicity was achieved through multiple, painstaking revisions. A reissue of Tabula Rasa, the Estonian composer’s 1984 minimalist classic, is just out in a deluxe edition marking his 75th birthday. It comes with a hardcover book containing a CD, manuscript, study scores, essays and photos that trace the work's genesis and impact.

Although this piece has been recorded several times since, this original version offers a now legendary lineup of performers from the ECM canon, including Dennis Russell Davies, Gidon Kremer and Keith Jarrett. Also on the album are Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten and Fratres, in versions for violin/piano and 12 cellos – all the pieces that comprised the original Tabula rasa album.