First discovered when I heard a nurse played him, to comfort the terminally ill; Arvo Pärt has brought me peace, tranquility and a touch of melancholy – as well as at least three good conversations.
I found the Estonian Pärt’s Tabula Rasa via Deutsche Grammophon on YouTube and bought it on the spot. The first piece, Fratres is the most haunting piece of violin I’ve ever heard.
In conversation a friend suggestion in find his piano and cello pieces and look out for his tubular bells (I’ve not got to the bells yet…).
Checking my new knowledge with a friendly expert, I learned that Pärt is one of the ‘holy minimalists’ (Batman?) whose music is only matched by his formidable facial hair (see above).
Finally with another friend I exchanged Pärt for a lesser know Romanian composer – I think that counts as a Pärt exchange.
For a pure violin and a heartbreaking purity I recommend this version: