The Best Classical Music Recordings of 2016
PÄRT: ‘KANON POKAJANEN’ Cappella Amsterdam; Daniel Reuss, conductor (Harmonia Mundi). Arvo Pärt’s magnum opus, the “Kanon Pokajanen” (“Canon of Repentance,” 1998), retains the language of its Eastern Orthodox sources, Church Slavonic, and follows Orthodox tradition in avoiding instruments, though it is not intended for church use. It is a contemplative concert work — utterly mesmerizing, despite modern-leaning harmonies — and enchanting.
James R. Oestrich
On November 2nd Cappella Amsterdam performed Arvo Pärts Kanon Pokajanen in the Orgelpark in Amsterdam, at the same time celebrating the release of the new CD with this beautiful work.
At the end of the concert, conductor Daniel Reuss was in for a big surprise: he received a Royal Decoration for his exceptional service to society.
The Knight in the Order of the Lion of The Netherlands constitutes recognition for his outstanding performances in the field of classical music.
We cannot think of a better reward for everything he established with Cappella Amsterdam.