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Eight years ago, a two-album collection of piano music by Arvo Pärt became a Brilliant Classics best-seller (95053, now reissued on LP), with Jeroen van Veen's playing capturing both the zeitgeist and the rapturous stillness of the Estonian composer's aesthetic. 'Jeroen van Veen's recording can stand alongside the best from any source, and this set is worthy of high praise in every regard' (MusicWeb International). 'All played with insight and a crystalline tone... almost unbearably beautiful' (BBC Music Magazine). This sequel reprises a selection of those 'modern classic' recordings, and adds a trio of newly made recordings for cello and piano. Jeroen van Veen is joined by his pianist wife Sandra, and cellist Joachim Eijlander, to present a portrait of Pärt the man and the composer, attentive to and yet at times purposefully isolated from the turbulent currents of music in the second half of the last century. The album opens with a new recording of Fratres in it's familiar cello-and-piano guise, and continues with masterpieces of 'new simplicity' from the 1970s such as Für Alina and Pari Intervallo. Such pieces began to set out the harmonic world of 'tintinnabuli', characterized by open and slow-moving harmonies, for which Pärt later became famous worldwide. The Ukuaru Valss affords a rare glimpse of the composer's lighter side, before an extended version of Für Alina and then the unearthly, imperishable echoes of Spiegel i'm Spiegel, which distils the sound of Part as much as any other single piece. The album concludes with Pärtomania, a newly written 20-minute tribute to the composer's soundworld by Jeroen van Veen, scored for the same string-instrument and piano combination as Fratres and Spiegel i'm Spiegel. Van Veen himself discusses the unique world of Pärt's music in a booklet introduction.