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Vasks - Distant Light and other works

Performer Reinis Birznieks
Vadim Gluzman
Ilze Klava
Angela Yoffe
Sandis Šteinbergs
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-2352 SACD
EAN 7318599923529
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date May 2020
Total time 84'36

Having spent much of his childhood in Latvia, where he also began his violin studies, Vadim Gluzman makes a return to his roots with this disc of music by Pēteris Vasks. The ample programme (+ 84 minutes!) opens with the violin concerto ‘Distant Light’, which in the two decades since it was composed has become a modern classic. The composer has described it as ‘a song, coming from silence and floating away &&&into silence, full of idealism and love, at times melancholy, at times dramatic.’

For the concerto, Gluzman found support from the strings of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu, just across the Baltic See from Latvia. For the other works on the disc he is however joined by Latvian colleagues and friends. These include the violinist Sandis Šteinbergs who appears in the duo Summer Dances, one of Vasks’ more carefree and buoyant pieces. This recent work in seven brief movements is, in the composer’s own words, the musical equivalent of a naïvist painting. In comparison, the Piano Quartet from 2001 is one of his longest and most imposing chamber works. Beginning with a perfect fifth in the piano, it takes the listener on an emotional roller-coaster, through hectic dances and dramatic songs to a typical ‘Vasks ending’ with a distant light offering a tempered hope. In the quartet, Vadim Gluzman leads an ensemble consisting of Ilze Klava, Reinis Birznieks, and Angela Yoffe.
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  Peteris (Pēteris) Vasks
  Concerto for violin and string orchestra ‘Distant Light’
(’Tālā gaisma’)
01 Andante 6'45
02 Cadenza I 1'49
03 Cantabile 3'57
04 Mosso 1'42
05 Cadenza II 2'24
06 Cantabile 4'26
07 Cadenza III 4'01
08 Andante 8'04
  Summer Dances (Vasaras dejas), for two violins 11'47
09 I. Broadly, sonorously 1'38
10 II. Underscoring the character 1'21
11 III. Unhurriedly 1'29
12 IV. Energetically 1'08
13 V. Sadly 2'12
14 VI. Joyfully 2'07
15 VII. Broadly, sonorously 1'52
  Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano 38'13
16 I. Preludio 3'19
17 II. Danze 5'41
18 III. Canti drammatici 7'27
19 IV. Quasi una passacaglia 7'39
20 V. Canto principale 10'32
21 VI. Postludio 3'35
  Album total 84'36
ViolinGluzman, Vadim
Šteinbergs, Sandis
ConductorLintu, Hannu
ComposerVasks, Peteris (Pēteris)
OrchestraFinnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
ViolaKlava, Ilze
CelloBirznieks, Reinis
PianoYoffe, Angela

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