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Vasks Distant Light

Challenge Records, CC72830

This CD offers an overview of four of Peteris’s most iconic works, from the large scale, dramatic Violin Concerto ‘Distant light’, and the magically dreamy meditation ‘Lonely Angel’, to his evocation of Latvian landscape and birdsong ‘Plainscapes’ and the extatic ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’.

Daniel Rowland: “The first piece by Peteris Vasks that I heard, about a decade ago, was his magnificent Violin Concerto ‘Distant light’, already a modern classic, and I was blown away by the deep emotional impact of this extraordinary music, that seemed to me both wonderfully mysterious, connected to ancient times, touched by a sublime spirituality and at the same time viscerally exciting and with moments of stunning virtuosity. Last summer, when Peteris accepted my invitation to come to the 15th edition of my Stiftfestival in Holland as Composer in Residence I was truly excited at the chance to work closely with him on several of his pieces. At the festival we performed many of Peteris’ works, solo, chamber and orchestral, with wonderful artists. The week culminated with the concert that you now hold in your hands, in the splendid, deeply atmospheric and acoustically wonderful 15th century Plechelmus Basiliek in Oldenzaal.”

Pēteris Vasks:  “Most people today no longer possess beliefs, love and ideals. The spiritual dimension has been lost. My intention is to provide food for the soul and this is what I preach in my works”

PĒTERIS VASKS

Violin Concerto ‘Distant light’ (1996/7)
Plainscapes (2002)
‘Lonely angel’, meditation for violin and strings (1999, rev. 2006)
Dona nobis pacem (1996)

Daniel Rowland violin
Stift Festival Orchestra
Maja Bogdanovic cello (track 2)
Consensus Vocalis (tracks 2 and 4)
Benjamin Goodson conductor (tracks 2 and 4)
Thomas Caroll conductor (track 3)

Stift Festival Orchestra:

Violin 1
Maja Horvat, Floor LeCoultre, Maren Bosma, Emily Turkanik, Vera Beumer

Violin 2
Emma Purslow, Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux, Tim Brackman, Zea Hunt

Viola
Joël Waterman, Rãzvan Popovici, Meghan Cassidy, Henrietta Hill

Cello
Maja Bogdanovic, Thomas Carroll, Jobine Siekman, Juliet Wolff

Double Bass
Zoran Markovic

Reviews:

Warmly recommended

MusicWeb International, Stephen Barber

Related news:
Video(s):

Daniel Rowland and Pēteris Vasks – album: Distant Light (filmed in 2019)

Peteris Vasks: Lonely Angel – Trailer

Further recordings
The Korngold Project

Two Pianists Records TP1039282

Vivaldi and Piazzolla Seasons

Two Pianists Records TP1039015

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22/10/2020