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L'Abbé Agathon

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

Patricia Rozario

Patricia Rozario

Composer
Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Composition Year
2004-5
Artists
Patricia Rozario [soprano], Asbjorn Norgaard [viola], Adam Newman [viola], Siubhan Ni Ghriofa [viola], Lucy Nolan [viola], Fredrik Sjölin [cello], Brian O'Kane [cello], Jenny Dowdall [cello], Julie-Anne Manning [cello]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys

L'abbé Agathon tells the tale of a gentle and patient abbot who agrees to carry a leper to and from market on several occassions. When the leper reveals himself to be an angel, the abbot's kindness is rewarded. It was originally composed for soprano and eight cellos. It was premiered in May 2004 by Ensemble de Violoncelles de Beauvais with Barbara Hendricks as soloist. A year later the composer arranged it for mezzo-soprano, four violas and four cellos. Like many of the composer’s works it took on another life when a staged version was commissioned by American Opera Projects and Works & Process and was premiered in 2009.

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L'Abbé Agathon

Composer: Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Performance date: Saturday 3rd July 2010
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Work Title L'Abbé Agathon
Composition Year 2004-5
Language French
Artist(s) Patricia Rozario [soprano], Asbjorn Norgaard [viola], Adam Newman [viola], Siubhan Ni Ghriofa [viola], Lucy Nolan [viola], Fredrik Sjölin [cello], Brian O'Kane [cello], Jenny Dowdall [cello], Julie-Anne Manning [cello]
Performance Date Saturday 3rd July 2010
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:15:09
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Large Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation S-solo, 4va, 4vc
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

L'abbé Agathon tells the tale of a gentle and patient abbot who agrees to carry a leper to and from market on several occassions. When the leper reveals himself to be an angel, the abbot's kindness is rewarded. It was originally composed for soprano and eight cellos. It was premiered in May 2004 by Ensemble de Violoncelles de Beauvais with Barbara Hendricks as soloist. A year later the composer arranged it for mezzo-soprano, four violas and four cellos. Like many of the composer’s works it took on another life when a staged version was commissioned by American Opera Projects and Works & Process and was premiered in 2009.