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Baltic & Beyond / Koornhof, Hecht


Release Date: 03/10/2017 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3529  
Composer:  Balys DvarionasGiya KancheliPeteris VasksArvo Pärt
Performer:  Piet KoornhofThomas Hecht
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Among the most notable regional sources of soulful and spellbinding new music have been the Baltic nations- once part of the Soviet Union- with Arvo Part (Estonia), Peteris Vasks (Latvia) and Balys Dvarionas (Lithuania) among the region’s most prominent composers. Works for violin and piano by all three of these Baltic voices- as well as by Giya Kancheli (from Georgia, another former Soviet republic) – are featured in this hypnotically beautiful album that celebrates, in part, the composers’ new-found freedom from a repressive Soviet regime. Distinguished South African violinist Piet Koornhof- one of Delos’s most prolific recording artists- is partnered here beside the renowned American pianist Thomas Hecht in a program largely Read more characterized (as Koornhof puts it) by “stillness and closeness to the heart,” as well as “strong meditative and spiritual overtones.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pezzo Elegiaco (Elegy), for violin & piano ("By the Lake") by Balys Dvarionas
Performer:  Piet Koornhof (Violin), Thomas Hecht (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; Lithuania 
2.
Scherzino for Violin and Piano by Balys Dvarionas
Performer:  Piet Koornhof (Violin), Thomas Hecht (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; Lithuania 
3.
Elegia canzonetta for Violin and Piano by Balys Dvarionas
Performer:  Piet Koornhof (Violin), Thomas Hecht (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; Lithuania 
4.
Adagio for Violin and Piano by Balys Dvarionas
Performer:  Piet Koornhof (Violin), Thomas Hecht (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Lithuania 
5.
Impromptu for Violin and Piano by Balys Dvarionas
Performer:  Piet Koornhof (Violin), Thomas Hecht (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; Lithuania 
6.
Meditation for Violin and Piano by Balys Dvarionas
Performer:  Piet Koornhof (Violin), Thomas Hecht (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; Lithuania 
7.
Time... and again by Giya Kancheli
Performer:  Piet Koornhof (Violin), Thomas Hecht (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995 
8.
Music for a Summer Evening by Peteris Vasks
Performer:  Piet Koornhof (Violin), Thomas Hecht (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2009 
9.
Fratres by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Piet Koornhof (Violin), Thomas Hecht (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977-1980; Estonia 

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