Will Hermes
September 11, 1998 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Kanon Pokajanen

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Arvo Part
genre
Classical

We gave it an A

Championed by Björk, Michael Stipe, and discerning candle merchants worldwide, Arvo Pärt is a modern Estonian composer deeply influenced by Gregorian chant and other medieval sources. Kanon Pokajanen is a landmark a cappella choral work of brooding majesty based on the Russian Orthodox canon of repentance. Ambient-music fans may be a bit overwhelmed. But enter its exquisite polyphony and Christian pathology, and you will be utterly transported. A

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