Finding Arvo Part’s silence

Finding Arvo Part’s silence


norman lebrecht

August 27, 2019

The Estonians have built an Arvo Pärt Centre in the forests outside Talinn where the composer lives. He does not seem to mind when visitors recognise him.

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  • sorin says:

    extremely boring composer.never heard or met somebody that wasted his time on his rubbish.

    • John Borstlap says:

      A comment from under a rock in a far-away region where it always rains.

      Pärt has written some beautiful masterpieces, and has been able to find the heart of music through great independance of thought and rejection of superficial fashions.

    • Mr. Knowitall says:

      Then you haven’t met me. One of the highlights of my life was playing as a last-minute replacement in Pärt’s beautiful “Miserere.”

    • Gustavo says:

      … because it is impossible to wasted time on Pärt.

      His music is timeless.

    • superbe says:

      I fully agree-that is why they call it MINIMALISTIC MUSIC…i would say:EMPTY MUSIC

  • John Borstlap says:

    The thing looks just awful, like a crematorium.

  • Jean says:

    This was opened already a year ago… but I am happy this gets exposure. A remarkable investment for culture from a small country.

    • Gustavo says:

      I am not an Estonian but I’m proud of Estonia.

      We need more of this spirit!

      A “singing revolution” to demonstrate how peace and freedom within the European Union has been maintained without giving up cultural identities.

      • John Borstlap says:

        The EU has never been about giving-up cultural identity but about providing an umbrella structure over the nations and regions, and adding a European cultural identity over all local identities. So, Estonia, Catalonia, Monaco and Zeeland are all both local, national, and continental.

  • Tony Britten says:

    It is indeed an inspirational place. And Estonian Television have made a beautiful film about it and the composer; ‘Tintinnabuli Forest’ which goes live this Friday 30th and is exclusive to my new SVOD venture

    • Zenaida says:

      Very much look forward to watching your film! I visited the Centre just last month when I was in Estonia for the big songfest. The Centre is a beautiful place, wild blueberries and all!

  • luciano tanto says:

    chacun a son goût…

  • Jonathan Cable says:

    It’s actually Tallinn, with two Ls and two Ns.