This luscious recording is for everyone. Peteris Vasks is a Latvian composer who might be referred to as "nationalistic"; at least he tends to tie much of his music in with his homeland. He seems to have the soul of a poet and his music and its involvement with his life (and the life of his countrymen) never appears forced or false. The title piece here is a concerto for violin and string orchestra--a single movement, half-hour work that goes through nature calls, periods of great introspection, and emotional outbursts all while offering melodic, contrapuntal, and rhythmic motifs to keep our interest. Voices is in three movements and is not far removed from the concerto's sound world; sadness and hopeRead more seem to be inter-related and nature tends to be friendly (there are enough birdsongs here to satisfy Messiaen). The piece was composed in l99l as the Soviet Empire was disbanding--but not without great grief and much bloodshed. These facts shed light on the music but cannot explain its beauty. The playing by Gidon Kremer and his group is ravishing, and Teldec's engineers should be lauded equally highly. A real stunner. [11/28/1999]
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra "Distant Light"by Peteris Vasks Performer:
Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1996-1997; Latvia Date of Recording: 02/1999 Venue: Festeburg Church, Frankfurt, Germany Length: 29 Minutes 2 Secs.
Symphony "Voices"by Peteris Vasks Performer:
Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Period: 20th Century Written: 1991; Latvia Date of Recording: 02/1998 Venue: Casino Zögernitz, Vienna, Austria Length: 27 Minutes 19 Secs.
Featured Sound Samples
Symphony "Voices": II. Voices of Life
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
So pleased to discover this!August 13, 2013By Judith S. (Las Cruces, NM)See All My Reviews"I'm very pleased to have encountered Vasks, and I am enthusiastic about this recording. The music is contemporary, powerful, evocative, and truly beautiful. Be prepared for a wide dynamic range, and stay close to the volume dial -- or walk into the next room when it gets thunderous. You won't want to miss any pianissimo nuance. The performance with Kremer is completely satisfying, with lots of energy and bite. They were able to work closely together, and this is a top notch collaboration. Highly recommended."Report Abuse
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