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Peteris Vasks - Viatore (Sinfonietta Riga/Normunds Sne) CD

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  • Audio CD (28 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wergo
  • ASIN: B0019OOJ2G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Péteris Vasks - Viatore, Orchestral Works, CD
booklet writer: Klotins, Arnolds
conductor: Sne, Normunds
composer: Vasks, P?teris
orchestra/ensemble: Sinfonietta R?ga
Publisher: Wergo
Peteris Vasks is a composer with ethical and spiritual convictions. The ethical imperative of his works is that mankind must undertake responsibility for life on earth and for human spirituality. The destruction of nature - virtually the single universal problem of mankind - remains one of his essential themes, but has further developed to become transformed into a universal confrontation between good and evil, the spiritual and the material, between nature and culture, solitude and totality as well as between the worldly and the eternal. Vasks is a man of passion and frankness, and the contradictions of incompatible ethical notions are expressed in the emotional features of his music, which gives us an insight into a fantastic world of nature without borders and limitations.
- 1.-4. Musica adventus per orchestra d'archi
- 5. Viatore per orchestra d'archi
- 6.-9. Concerto per corno inglese ed orchestra

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Three inspiring compositions by Peteris Vasks, excellently performed and recorded.
The vivid and evocative string symphony MUSICA ADVENTUS is an emotive and intensely bittersweet masterwork strewn with energized moments and pathos, suggestive (perhaps) of a cathartic journey of return. A searching work, both spirited and sad, complicated by testing passages of straining tension.
VIATORE is an introspective piece for strings which ebbs and flows repetitiously in a captivating way.
The ENGLISH HORN CONCERTO rounds things off wholesomely (and a tad enigmatically), offering folk influences, pastoral expanses, an abundance of perky and poignant expression plus the tinkling of a morris-dancer's bells...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Another very good disc of Vasks, but 26 dollars? 26 Nov 2008
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Vasks and the Sinfonietta Riga have already turned out several remarkable albums of the composers music. This one, in terms of playing and execution, is by far the best revealing the Riga's experience with the composers stylistic idiom. That said, the music on this disc is highly accessible and will be appealing to everyone.
The album begins with Musica Adventus, a string orchestra expansion of his brilliant string quartet number 3 which runs around 27 minutes. It is really one of the finest Vasks pieces I have heard in a while, kind of like a modern take on the Strauss Metamorphosis.
The second piece is one of my favourite pieces by Vasks, the brilliant Viatore. This must now be considered the defintive version. This piece, along with his Violin Concerto, are Vasks at his best.
The disk ends with Vasks Concerto for Cor Englese, another fantastic work that receives it second recording. This performance has been engineered better than the previous version and the playing is of a much higher calibre. I would have to recommend this disc as the first place one should when wanting to explore Vasks. I do have a minor quibble with the price, 26$ for one disc of music. Doesnt make too much sense but that seems how Wergo has been doing it lately[or maybe that accounts for the high production quality]
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