The time between the crucifiction on Good Friday and Christ’s resurrection on Easter morning can be a strange one, but one that lends itself well to meditation and consideration. I have therefore chosen a longer piece, a setting of the Stabat Mater by the contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Originally written for three solo voices and three strings (violin, viola, cello) it sets the traditional text depicting the mother of Jesus standing below the cross on which her Son hangs. The anguish and pain is clearly present, but Pärt’s music captures something otherworldly and ‘out of time’, making the piece a transcendant experience.
Arvo Pärt – Stabat Mater (27mins)
Bruckner – Christus Factus Est
One of Bruckner’s best known choral works, this piece depicts the stark contrast between Christ’s death on the cross and his glory that results from that perfect sacrifice.
“Christ became obedient for us unto death, even to the death, death on the cross. Therefore God exalted Him and gave Him a name which is above all names.”
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, conducted by Dr Stephen Cleobury