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This review is from: Message (Rusmanis, Riga Po) (Audio CD)
This is a truly exhilirating album of modern music, inspired and sourced from the natural world, "a river or stream..birdsong, beautiful trees and miles of forests." The quote is from composer Peteris Vasks, and this cd is filled with dramatic, unashamedly emotional music, which sings with joy, aches with sadness, is stark and cold or warmly moving. Indeed all life is here, and that is as it should be, for the source is nature herself.
If you enjoy the music of Arvo Part, Gorecki, or Shostakovich's more emotive pieces, you needn't hesitate: discover the hidden treasure which lies here. This is music of a richness and complexity which will beguile your soul, given the quality of the performances of the Riga Philharmonic under the inspired leadership of Kriss Rusmanis, who also contributes fascinating background information on Vasks, his approach and influences. Most of the pieces are for chamber-sized orchestra, but the variety and sheer dramatic excitement throughout, gives the impression of larger forces at times, especially in the spell-binding 'Lauda', though it feels wrong to single out any one piece, as it seems to insult the overall quality of over 76 minutes of sheer, heart-felt delight. Grab this superb bargain while you can, then shake your head in wonder as to why he remains relatively unknown.