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February 06, 2011

Arvo Pärt: Symphony No. 4, 'Los Angeles' (3&4/5) - II: Affannoso

Tyran Grillo reviews the ECM CD release recorded at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No. 4 “Los Angeles” (2008) was the result of a Los Angeles Philharmonic Association joint commission. The symphony is dedicated to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a Russian political prisoner in whose moral steadfastness Pärt found inspiration for the present work. Says the Estonian composer, “The tragic tone of the symphony is not a lament for Khodorkovsky, but a bow to the great power of the human spirit and human dignity.”

Background: Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

It is the Singapore model, it is a term that people understand in Russia these days. It means that theoretically you have a free press, but in practice there is self-censorship. Theoretically you have courts; in practice the courts adopt decisions dictated from above. Theoretically there are civil rights enshrined in the constitution; in practice you are not able to exercise some of these rights."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 6, 2011 02:38 PM