Estonia / Germany / UK / USA / Latvia / Romania / Switzerland, 1987, modern classical / minimalism
Brass Ensemble Staatsorchester Stuttgart / The Hilliard Ensemble / Dennis Russell Davies / Gidon Kremer / Vladimir Mendelssohn / Thomas Demenga (Arvo Pärt) – Arbos: Tabula rasa led me to Meredith Monk, and Meredith Monk led me to Carla Bley, Magdalith, and others, and then I realized that I really dig interesting, minimal vocal work that embraces this bare-bones approach to texture and acoustic space. And so I came back around full circle to this, an excellent companion piece to Tabula rasa. The last third of this hour-long recording is a beautiful, expansive, meditative work that could soothe the most troubled mind. Pärt is medicine.