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Boomkat Product Review:
ECM present a breathtaking, remastered collection of Arvo Pärt classics on occasion of his 80th birthday.
Parsed and sequenced by Manfred Eicher from one of the late 20th century's most revered musical archives, 'Musica Selecta' is both a celebration of Pärt's timelessly transcendent music, and also of his long-standing relationship with Eicher's ECM New Series, which was forged with release of what is arguably Pärt's best known composition, 'Tabula Rasa' in September, 1984.
For all intents and purposes, it's thee "best of" his work for the label, with a few obvious pieces (such as the aforementioned) left out in favour of a concise dramaturgical sequence inviting familiar listeners to hear the music anew, and likewise preparing a sensitive entry point for anyone intrigued by this rarely paralleled and luminous corpus of contemporary classical composition. With no overstatement, every home would benefit from owning a copy of this CD; even if it were to lay untouched for years, to simply have a reminder of something so powerful, life-affirming within reach. Please be warned, though - listening to this collection in public may make one susceptible to uncontrolled displays of emotion.