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Distant Light - Bach, Vasks: Violin Concertos / Renaud Capucon

Renaud Capuçon
Release Date: 04/15/2014 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 1178881   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachPeteris Vasks
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
Conductor:  Renaud Capuçon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Renaud Capuçon’s first recording as both soloist and conductor is also his first recording with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He has chosen to juxtapose Bach’s violin concertos in A minor and E major with a haunting concerto written more than 350 years later: Tala gaisma (Distant Light) by contemporary Latvian composer Peteris Vasks.

This programme is as intriguing as it is unexpected. Capuçon – who points out that the Bach A minor was the first concerto he ever played – had considered the more conventional complement of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto; but he settled on Distant Light, a work which, as he says, “I fell in love with as soon as I discovered it”. He decided to “put together two different worlds,
Read more Bach’s and Vask’s ... Their music does, however share a purity ... it rises up from a source. When you play it, you don’t get tired … It is healing music, feeding you and giving you energy.”
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Conductor:  Renaud Capuçon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
2. Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
3. Tala gaisma (Distant Light), concerto for violin & string orchestra by Peteris Vasks
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1996 

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