Besides the solo piano, the piece is scored for 2 flutes (2nd doubling alto flute and piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling English horn), 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets (2nd doubling piccolo trumpet), 2 trombones, timpani, percussion, and strings.
The New York premiere
The New York premiere of Lamentate took place on January 31, 2012 in Carnegie Hall, in the first part of the 75th birthday tribute concert for the composer Philip Glass who specially requested the piece to be performed.
Arvo PÃ¤rt on Lamentate
"The work is marked by diametrically opposed moods... Exaggerating slightly, I would characterize these poles as â€˜brutal-overwhelmingâ€™ and â€˜intimate-fragileâ€™." "My first impression was that I, as a living being, was standing before my own body and was dead â€“ as in a time-warp perspective, at once in the future and the present. Suddenly, I found myself put into a position in which my life appeared in a different light. And I was moved to ask myself just what I could still manage to accomplish in the time left to me." "I have written a lamento â€“ not for the dead, but for the living." "Anish Kapoor's sculpture shatters not only concepts of space, but also â€“ in my view â€“ concepts of time. The boundary between time and timelessness no longer seems so important." "The composition cannot really be described as a typical piano concerto. I chose the piano to be the solo instrument because it fixes our attention on something that is "one".
Accentus Music released a new recording in honor of Arvo PÃ¤rtâ€™s 85th birthday on September 11, 2020. OnutÄ— GraÅ¾inytÄ— made her recording debut, with the Lithuanian National Symphony.
ECM released the CD "Lamentate" to celebrate PÃ¤rt's 70th birthday on 11 September 2005. Alexei Lubimov was the pianist.
Naxos released a CD â€“ PÃ¤rt: Piano Music â€“ Piano Sonatine / Partita / Lamentate in 2011. Ralph van Raat was the pianist.
A third CD was released in 2017 by Orange Mountain Music. The Bruckner Orchester Linz was conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, and Maki Namekawa was the pianist.
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