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Vasks: Distant Light / Gluzman, Lintu, Finnish Radio Symphony

Release Date: 05/01/2020 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2352  
Composer:  Peteris Vasks
Performer:  Vadim GluzmanSandis SteinbergsReinis BirznieksIlze Klava,   ... 
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Having spent much of his childhood in Latvia, where he also began his violin studies, Vadim Gluzman makes a return to his roots with this disc of music by Peteris Vasks. The ample programme (+ 84 minutes!) opens with the violin concerto ‘Distant Light’, which in the two decades since it was composed has become a modern classic. The composer has described it as ‘a song, coming from silence and floating away into silence, full of idealism and love, at times melancholy, at times dramatic.’ For the concerto, Gluzman found support from the strings of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu, just across the Baltic See from Latvia. For the other works on the disc he is however joined by Latvian colleagues and friends. These include Read more the violinist Sandis Šteinbergs who appears in the duo Summer Dances, one of Vasks’ more carefree and buoyant pieces. This recent work in seven brief movements is, in the composer’s own words, the musical equivalent of a naïvist painting. In comparison, the Piano Quartet from 2001 is one of his longest and most imposing chamber works. Beginning with a perfect fifth in the piano, it takes the listener on an emotional roller-coaster, through hectic dances and dramatic songs to a typical ‘Vasks ending’ with a distant light offering a tempered hope. In the quartet, Vadim Gluzman leads an ensemble consisting of Ilze Klava, Reinis Birznieks, and Angela Yoffe.



Distant Light is surely the most recorded violin concerto by a living composer. Gluzman plays with fervor, overt fortitude, and a lively vibrato.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra "Distant Light" by Peteris Vasks
Performer:  Vadim Gluzman (Violin)
Conductor:  Hannu Lintu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996-1997; Latvia 
Vasaras dejas (Summer Dances) by Peteris Vasks
Performer:  Vadim Gluzman (Violin), Sandis Steinbergs (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2017; Latvia 
Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano by Peteris Vasks
Performer:  Reinis Birznieks (Cello), Vadim Gluzman (Violin), Ilze Klava (Viola),
Angela Yoffe (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2001; Latvia 

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