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Vasks - Viola Concerto & ‘Voices’

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2443 SACD
Release date2020-04-03
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time65:44

Originally a double bass player, Pēteris Vasks has a special fondness for the string family, and has composed numerous works for string ensembles of various sizes. Some of his most widely performed works are for string orchestra, among them Musica dolorosa and the violin concertos Distant Light and Lonely Angel. Another one is his Symphony for Strings ‘Voices’, composed in 1991, as his native Latvia, along with Estonia and Lithuania, was breaking free from the crumbling Soviet Union. In a note on the work, Vasks has written: ‘… the new beginning was difficult. The symphony speaks of my essential, most meaningful themes. About life. About eternity. About conscience.’

n this recording, ‘Voices’ is performed by Vasks’ compatriots in the eminent Sinfonietta Rīga, making their first appearance on BIS. The Sinfonietta has an ongoing collaboration with Maxim Rysanov, as soloist as well as conductor, and Rysanov here has occasion to show both sides of his musicianship, as he conducts the ensemble as well as performs the solo part in Vasks’ recent Concerto for Viola. The concerto is dedicated to Rysanov, who premièred it in 2016 and now presents it on disc for the first time. In four movements, the work demonstrate a characteristic feature of Vasks’ style, the strong contrasts between translucent serenity and deep despair that remind us of the ephemeral and complex world we live in.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Vasks, Peteris (Pēteris)
  Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra 35:55
01 I. Andante 08:07 $ 1.95 USD
02 II. Allegro moderato 07:14 $ 1.74 USD
03 III. Andante 10:46 $ 2.58 USD
04 IV. Adagio 09:48 $ 2.35 USD
  Symphony for Strings ‘Voices’ (Balsis) 29:47
05 I. Voices of silence (Klusuma balsis) 06:14 $ 1.50 USD
06 II. Voices of life (Dzīvības balsis) 14:41 $ 3.52 USD
07 III. Voice of conscience (Sirdsapziņas balss) 08:52 $ 2.13 USD
  Album total 65:44
ComposerVasks, Peteris (Pēteris)
ConductorRysanov, Maxim
OrchestraSinfonietta Riga

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