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Pēteris Vasks: Viatore, Violin Concerto "Distant Light" & Symphony No. 1 "Voices"

Munich Radio Orchestra, Ivan Repušić, Stanko Madić

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1.1
Viatore (Arr. S. Vanselow)
Pēteris Vasks; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ivan Repušić
16:08
Violin Concerto "Distant Light"  
1.2
I. Andante
Pēteris Vasks; Stanko Madić; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ivan Repušić
5:35
1.3
Cadenza I
Pēteris Vasks; Stanko Madić; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ivan Repušić
1:46
1.4
II. Cantabile
Pēteris Vasks; Stanko Madić; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ivan Repušić
3:03
1.5
III. Mosso
Pēteris Vasks; Stanko Madić; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ivan Repušić
1:40
1.6
Cadenza II
Pēteris Vasks; Stanko Madić; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ivan Repušić
2:21
1.7
IV. Cantabile
Pēteris Vasks; Stanko Madić; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ivan Repušić
4:20
1.8
Cadenza III
Pēteris Vasks; Stanko Madić; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ivan Repušić
3:48
1.9
V. Andante
Pēteris Vasks; Stanko Madić; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ivan Repušić
6:56
Symphony No. 1 "Voices"  
1.10
I. Voices of Silence
Pēteris Vasks; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ivan Repušić
5:07
1.11
II. Voices of Life
Pēteris Vasks; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ivan Repušić
13:19
1.12
III. Voice of Conscience
Pēteris Vasks; Munich Radio Orchestra; Ivan Repušić
7:26
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:29
The works on this CD are for chamber-music string ensembles: his first symphony “Balsis – Voices” (1991), the haunting violin concerto “Tālā gaisma – Distant Light” (1996/97), and the piece “Viatore” (the traveller; 2001), dedicated to Arvo Pärt, here in a version for eleven solo strings by the conductor, church musician and arranger Stefan Vanselow. The Münchner Rundfunkorchester plays under its chief conductor Ivan Repušić, and the concerto soloist is Stanko Madić, first concertmaster of the MRO. The beauty that the Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks evokes in his works would not be possible without the experience of violence and cruelty in this world. He grew up in a country deprived of liberty, and because of his faith and his artistic convictions he was exposed to reprisals from Russian cultural doctrine. His father, a Baptist pastor, was regarded as an “enemy of the people”, and his homeland was under Soviet control. As a result, Vasks developed a vision of freedom and subtle protest in his music. In the so-called “singing revolution”, the countries of the Baltic region with their traditional love of choral music initiated their independence from Soviet rule. Vasks’ expressive, direct and often deliberately simple music quickly became the mouthpiece of the long-suppressed Latvian people, giving the nation a proud voice that can be heard worldwide. Today, alongside Arvo Pärt and Erkki Sven-Tüür, Pēteris Vasks is one of the most famous composers from the Baltic states of the former Soviet Union.
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