All four of Arvo Parts symphonies, newly recorded with the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic under the
direction of one of Parts most trusted colleagues, Tonu Kaljuste. Each of the symphonies, as the
great Estonian composer has noted, is a world unto itself. Heard in chronological order they also tell
us much about Parts musical and spiritual journey, and the very different ways in which he has
exercised his craft. Forty-five years separate his Symphony No. 1 (Polyphonic) written in 1963
while he was still a student of Heino Eller, from his Symphony No. 4 (Los Angeles) written in 2008,
by which time he was the worlds most widely-performed contemporary composer.