Pärt’s choir piece Virgencita was inspired by the invitation of the Mexican ambassador Agustín Gutiérrez Canet to participate at the international Cervantino Festival in Mexico with Tõnu Kaljuste and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. It is one of the most important multidisciplinary festivals in Latin America. Pärt himself has said about the composition: “When Agustín Gutiérrez Canet, the Mexican ambassador to Estonia, invited me to Mexico, my interest and notions of the country were strongly affected by the famous legend of Juan Diego and his reports of the apparition of the Virgin Mary. The happy anticipation of being in Mexico very soon and the name Guadalupe left me no peace; they inspired me to write a choral work which I took along as a present to the people of Mex…
Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve (conductor). CD The Deer's Cry. ECM New Series 2466
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Tõnu Kaljuste (conductor), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
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