Peteris Vasks

Kronos Quartet - Peteris Vasks: String Quartet No. 4 (2003)  Music

Posted by SuniR at April 9, 2017
Kronos Quartet - Peteris Vasks: String Quartet No. 4 (2003)

Kronos Quartet - Peteris Vasks: String Quartet No. 4 (2003)
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 32:10 min | 76 Mb (5% Rec.)
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Nonesuch Records

The contemporary Latvian composer Peteris Vasks has said "There has been so much bloodshed and destruction, and yet love's power and idealism have helped to keep the world in balance. I wanted to speak of these things in my new quartet; not from the sidelines, but with direct emotion and sensitivity," and, indeed, from the folksy melodies through to chaos and back again which he creates in this, his fourth quartet, we are taken through a myriad of feelings. His music is always…
John Storgårds, Juha Kangas - Peteris Vasks: Symphony No. 2, Violin Concerto 'Distant Light' (2003)

John Storgårds, Juha Kangas - Peteris Vasks: Symphony No. 2, Violin Concerto 'Distant Light' (2003)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) - 344 MB | MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) - 176 MB | Covers Included | 73:23
Genre: Classical, Contemporary | Label: Ondine | Catalog: ODE10052

This is the world premiere recording of Vasks' second symphony. It is a 40-minute, one-movement work which opens with a glorious bang, with the orchestra at its most powerful and busy. A few minutes in, Vasks offers us repose which is almost religious, there is a buildup and then more reflection, and a long crescendo to great might again. The work ends on a beautifully introspective, soft, haunting refrain. Vasks is primarily a Romantic, so the work is tonal; there are touches of Kancheli (but not as much breast-beating), Shostakovich (again, not as pessimistic).
Riga Philharmonic Orchestra, Kriss Rusmanis - Peteris Vasks: Message (2004) (Repost)

Riga Philharmonic Orchestra, Kriss Rusmanis - Peteris Vasks: Message (2004)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) > 328 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps > 192 MB | Covers Included | 01:16:44
Genre: Modern Classical | Label: RCA Red Seal | Catalog: 8287664286 2

By his own admission, emotion is central to the music of Peteris Vasks, though his intense outpourings are far from amorphous or undisciplined rhapsodies. Rather, his most passionate works are tempered by an appreciation of tradition and a practical awareness of instrumental techniques, timbres, and orchestral textures. Neo-Romanticism plainly dominates Vasks' works from the last quarter of the twentieth century, and this is revealed in the quasi-Mahlerian essays for string orchestra, Cantabile (1979) and Musica dolorosa (1983), the lush and brilliantly orchestrated Cor Anglais Concerto (1989), and the aspiring, suspension-filled Lauda (1986).
Alina Pogostkina, Sinfonietta Riga, Juha Kangas - Peteris Vasks: Vox Amoris - Works for Violin and String Orchestra (2012)

Pēteris Vasks - Vox Amoris: Works for Violin and String Orchestra (2012)
Alina Pogostkina, violin; Sinfonietta Rīga; Juha Kangas, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 342 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Wergo | # WER 6750 2 | Time: 01:08:41

The music of Peteris Vasks must be considered against the background of the socially and politically turbulent history of his home country Latvia. It frequently shifts through contrasting emotional states, with passages of sumptuous beauty sometimes followed by disjointed and dramatic sounds. According to Vasks, all three of the works for violin and orchestra featured here represent the polarity between optimistic hope for a better future and an anxious concern for the modern world. Included are the fantasia Vox Amoris, the concerto Tala gaisma (Distant Light), Vasks' first and most extensive work for violin and string orchestra and the tone poem Vientulais engelis (Lonely Angel). All are performed by the exceptional violinist Alina Pogostkina, superbly accompanied by the Sinfonietta Riga under the direction of Juha Kangas.

Peteris Vasks: Te Deum - Tuomas Pyrhonen (2012)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at April 29, 2014
Peteris Vasks: Te Deum - Tuomas Pyrhonen (2012)

Peteris Vasks: Te Deum - Tuomas Pyrhonen (2012)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 256 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Alba | Catalog Number: 325

Pēteris Vasks has described the organ as the most expressive instrument of all. He feels that a composer living in Riga is duty bound to write music for the famous Walcker organ at Riga Cathedral. The instrument dates from 1883 and has 24 stops with four manuals and two pedalboards and a total of 6,718 pipes. The organ has been preserved in its original state.

Peteris Vasks - String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Navarra Quartet)  Music

Posted by tapaz9 at Feb. 12, 2014
Peteris Vasks - String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Navarra Quartet)

Peteris Vasks - String Quartets Nos. 1-3 (Navarra Quartet)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 432 Mb
Label:Challenge - Date:2010

Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, who for much of his career worked under the constraints of the Soviet system, sees composition as a political act and hopes that his music might be a vehicle for national healing. He has written, "I have always dreamed that my music would be heard in the places where unhappy people are gathered." Much of Vasks' work is soulfully meditative, as are most of the movements of these string quartets, the first three of the five ……
Stephen Eddins @ AllMusic.com

Peteris Vasks – Kammermusik (1997)  Music

Posted by d'Avignon at July 26, 2012
Peteris Vasks – Kammermusik (1997)

Peteris Vasks – Kammermusik (1997)
Classical/Contemporary | FLAC lossless | cuesheets+log | covers+booklet | 1h05m | 249mb
Label: Koch | cat. no. 3-6496-2
I Fiamminghi, The Orchestra of Flanders, Rudolf Werthen - Pēteris Vasks (1997)

I Fiamminghi, The Orchestra of Flanders, Rudolf Werthen - Pēteris Vasks (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 60:31 | 261 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Telarc | Catalog: CD-80457

Vasks (b. 1946 in Latvia) is one of the rising stars of the Baltic region. His music has some affinities with that of Part and Tormis, and while Vasks isn't afraid to tap into different stylistic modes, like Schnittke, his music remains mostly tonal and doggedly idealistic. Musica Dolorosa (1983) is a masterpiece, plain and simple. Its combined strings create a sound world similar to Gorecki's famous Symphony 3. The major work here is the Symphony Stimmen (Voices) for string orchestra. It's unimaginably beautiful, full of flirtatious string-borne melodies and shadows of sadness here and there.

Vasks: Plainscapes - Sigvards Klava, Latvian Radio Choir (2012)  Music

Posted by peotuvave at July 1, 2013
Vasks: Plainscapes - Sigvards Klava, Latvian Radio Choir (2012)

Vasks: Plainscapes - Sigvards Klava, Latvian Radio Choir (2012)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 259 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Ondine | Catalog Number: 1194

This CD presents a cross section of a cappella choral works by Cannes Classical-awarded composer Pēteris Vasks (b. 1946), performed by the acclaimed Latvian Radio Choir under the direction of Sigvards Kļava. Following on from their successful recording of liturgical Vasks compositions (“Beautifully performed, a rare outing for Vask’s choral music” – Gramophone ‘recommends’), the Latvian Radio Choir once again draws on the Baltic countries’ extraordinary choir music tradition, focusing here on secular repertoire.

Miami String Quartet - Vasks: String Quartets (1999)  Music

Posted by SuniR at April 9, 2017
Miami String Quartet - Vasks: String Quartets (1999)

Miami String Quartet - Vasks: String Quartets (1999)
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 66:24 min | 158 Mb (5% Rec.)
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Conifer Records

Peteris Vasks' three quartets span nearly 20 years of his development as a composer. Though the first quartet was revised in 1997, its origins go back to 1977, when at the start of his career the Latvian-born composer's music was attempting to reconcile what he knew of relatively radical figures like Lutoslawski and Penderecki with his own more directly communicative, melodic inclinations.