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Vasks: Viatore, Violin Concerto, Etc / Andreasson, Et Al


Release Date: 03/01/2005 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1150   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Peteris Vasks
Performer:  Katarina Andreasson
Conductor:  Katarina Andreasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With the exception of Viatore (which means "Wanderer"), all of this music has been recorded before, and very well. That doesn't make this disc any less attractive, but if you collect Vasks' music I can't honestly recommend that you rush out and purchase these performances just to have another 12-minute work for string orchestra, however lovely. On the other hand, Viatore is a beautiful piece of writing, with imaginatively voiced string textures, a creative use of glissando, and the haunting, modally inflected tunes that we know so well from Vasks' other pieces. Both the Violin Concerto and Musica Dolorosa also receive performances that quite frankly are as good as any available, while the sonics sweep the field. Katarina Andreasson, Read more the leader of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, may not have the star appeal of, say, Gidon Kremer in the Violin Concerto (on Nonesuch), but for my money she just plays better. So if you haven't heard any of this music, and it's all worth hearing (though not all at once!), then go ahead and purchase this disc with confidence. --David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra "Distant Light" by Peteris Vasks
Performer:  Katarina Andreasson (Violin)
Conductor:  Katarina Andreasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996-1997; Latvia 
Length: 30 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2.
Musica dolorosa by Peteris Vasks
Conductor:  Katarina Andreasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Latvia 
Length: 12 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Viatore by Peteris Vasks
Conductor:  Katarina Andreasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2001; Latvia 
Length: 14 Minutes 47 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto, "Tala gaisma" (Distant Light): Violin Concerto, ''Distant Light''
Musica dolorosa: Musica Dolorosa
Viatore

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