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Alina Part: Alina

For over a decade, ECM records has provided a vital service in lending an ear to the musical profundity emanating from composers out of Estonia. Most notably, the German label-its ECM New Series, specifically-has helped to make Arvo Part one of the leading composers alive, beloved by critics and audiences alike (a rare situation in contemporary “serious” music: look at the radically divided critical jury on Philip Glass). The latest concentration of sounds from the ECM-Estonia accord: three striking albums by Part, Erkki-Sven Tuur and Veljo Tormis that reach a new peak of cultural importance.

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