Presented here is a selection of Works for Choir by Arvo Pärt performed by Vilnius Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika directed by Vaclova Augustinas. Available again, but now completely remastered and also released on 180gm vinyl LP.
Arvo Pärt (born 11 September 1935) is an Estonian composer of classical and religious music. Since the late 1970s, Pärt has worked in a minimalist style that employs his self-invented compositional technique, tintinnabuli. Pärt’s music is in part inspired by Gregorian Chant. His most performed works include Fratres (1977), Spiegel im Spiegel (1978), and Für Alina (1976). From 2011 to 2018, Pärt was the most performed living composer in the world, and the second most performed in 2019.
The choir was founded in 1986 as an ensemble for mixed voices and in 1989 it changed into a chamber choir. In 1994 the choir received official recognition as the Vilnius Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika. All members of the choir are graduates of the Lithuanian Music Academy. The choir appeared successfully in several international competitions, performed in various European countries and recorded for radio stations of Denmark and the Netherlands. The choir’s repertoire is variegated ranging from the masses and motets of the Renaissance to the more complex works of our age. Works by contemporary Lithuanian composers are always featured in the choir’s programs. The choir also performs with chamber and symphony orchestras.
Vaclovas Augustinas is a versatile personality successfully working in various musical fields. An excellent choir conductor, he leads the Vilnius’ Municipal Chamber Choir “Jauna Muzika” and is regularly invited to various international seminars of choir conductors and festivals. Augustinas also is popular as a choir music composer and arranger; various choirs and music publishers eagerly include in their repertoire his modal, repetitive, contemplative or ecstatic compositions that have won awards at various international competitions. Besides, the composer is a famous teacher at musical schools of various levels. He was also member of rock groups “Saulės laikrodis” and “Antis” (keyboards, vocal); after the reunion of “Antis” in 2007, he continued to compose songs and perform with them.