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).

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.
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 - 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)  

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

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.

Mr McFall's Chamber - Solitudes: Baltic Reflections (2015)  Music

Posted by Designol at Feb. 1, 2017
Mr McFall's Chamber - Solitudes: Baltic Reflections (2015)

Mr McFall's Chamber - Solitudes: Baltic Reflections (2015)
Olli Mustonen, Zita Bruzaite, Aulis Sallinen, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Kalevi Aho
Arvo Pärt, Toivo Kärki, Jean Sibelius, Unto Mononen, Pēteris Vasks

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Contemporary | Label: Delphian | # DCD34156 | Time: 01:05:28

No one knows quite when tango was established in Finland, but the style has a long history there – still little known to outsiders – and combines rhythmic interest and yearning melody with a distinctively Nordic melancholy. In this ingeniously curated programme, two Finnish tangos from the 1950s and a tango-based work by Finnish classical composer Aulis Sallinen are woven into a bold tapestry of music from the Eastern Baltic seaboard. Longing, sadness, and a heightened sense of nature infuse all of these works, which also reveal intriguing stylistic connections: the rocking accompaniment of Sibelius’ 'Einsames Lied' seems to prefigure the ‘Baltic minimalism’ of Vasks, Pärt and Zita Bružaité, while Olli Mustonen’s 'Toccata' alternates rhythmic verve with a rich vein of reflective memory. These original compositions are complemented by Robert McFall’s own sensitive arrangements, for a core McFall’s lineup of five strings and piano, and the programme culminates in a truly unique version of Sibelius’s famous 'Finlandia' Hymn.

Sol Gabetta - Vasks: Presence (2015)  Music

Posted by tomashass at Nov. 8, 2015
Sol Gabetta - Vasks: Presence (2015)

Sol Gabetta - Vasks: Presence (2015)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 01:00:35 | 138 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

Cellist Sol Gabetta has long wanted Pēteris Vasks to compose a concerto in collaboration with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and its Artistic Director Candida Thompson, will present the new work at last. Latvian composer Vasks stands out among his contemporaries as an especially versatile composer, writing in different timbres and tunings to create hugely varied sound worlds. This can be heard in his eight works for string orchestra and three concertos for violin and strings.