Spiegel im Spiegel

with the Netherlands Chamber Choir

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Spiegel im Spiegel features string orchestra and choir in a programme blurring the boundaries between a concert and a religious mass. It combines the spirituality of Arvo Pärt’s meditative Spiegel im Spiegel with the imposing Renaissance sounds of Tallis who also inspired Vaughan Williams.

Works by the Estonian composers Veljo Tormis and his mentor Lepo Sumera display a totally different spiritual essence. Shamanistic primal cries resound in Tormis’s epic choir work Curse upon Iron, while Vasks’s Plainscapes evokes the vast expanses of the Baltic plains. The string players and singers perform in diverse combinations surrounding the audience: the entire concert hall is the stage. 

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In 2020 we produced this video of Arvo Pärts Spiegel im Spiegel with the ISH Dance Collective with director Carla van de Puttelaar


  • Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel for cello and piano
  • Tallis Psalm Tunes
  • Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis
  • Tormis Curse upon Iron
  • Vasks Plainscapes for violin, cello and choir
  • Tallis Psalm Tunes
  • Sumera Concerto per voci e strumenti
  • Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel for violin and piano


  • Amsterdam Sinfonietta
  • Netherlands Chamber Choir
  • Martina Batič conductor
  • Candida Thompson direction & violin
  • Tim Posner cello
  • Hülya Keser piano


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