Peteris Vasks

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).
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).
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)  

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)

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 ……
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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

Sol Gabetta - Vasks: Presence (2015)  

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.
Shostakovich / Vasks / Schnittke - Dolorosa (1997) {ECM 1620}

Shostakovich / Vasks / Schnittke - Dolorosa (1997) {ECM 1620}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC Image level 8 | Cue+Log | Full Scans 300dpi | 303MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music

Orchestral transcription can be a contentious enterprise, obscuring as it enhances. Yet in rare cases its contours manage to take a shape all their own, living a new life somehow beyond the shadow of the original. Of this transformation we get two fine examples in Dolorosa, a well-conceived program from three distinct compositional minds. The works are presented in chronological order, with a 1967 orchestration of Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 as a “Chamber Symphony” coming first. The arrangement, by conductor and violist Rudolf Barshai (the only one ever approved by the composer), is brilliant in that it avoids masking itself and features a flowing chain of solos.
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.
Pẽteris Vasks: Pater Noster · Dona Nobis Pacem · Missa (2007)

Pẽteris Vasks - Pater Noster · Dona Nobis Pacem · Missa (2007)
Classical | EAC (APE, CUE & LOG) | 253 MB

Focusing on the religious aspect in Vasks' music, this disc contains three sacred works for choir and orchestra, featuring the outstanding Latvian Radio Choir and its conductor Sigvards Klava, as well as the Sinfonietta Riga. Based on Latin texts from the traditional Christian liturgy, these works include the two contemplative motets Pater noster (The Lord's Prayer) and Dona nobis pacem (Grant us peace), as well as the ordinary of the Mass. Vasks' style of choral writing links him to the composers who have come to be described as 'holy minimalists,' a group that includes Arvo Pärt, Henryk Góreck, Giya Kancheli, and John Tavener, whose music, while stylistically diverse, tends to rely on tonal and modal harmonies, is frequently harmonically static or slow-moving and is often linked to plainchant and ancient liturgical traditions. Vasks' choral music is firmly rooted in Western polyphony and is for the most part traditional-sounding; there is little in it apart from certain unconventional harmonic progressions that would make it immediately identifiable as a product of the late twentieth century. Among the other holy minimalists, the sound of his music is most closely related to that of Górecki in its harmonic textures and the somber earnestness of its moods. The three works recorded here are polyphonically and harmonically sensual, in spite of their serious tone. An exception to the sober tone is the Mass' Sanctus, which, while not exactly lighthearted, is lively; the composer imagines it 'sung by happy, little angels.' The Latvian Radio Choir sings with warmth and passion and with excellent control in the composer's extended, sustained vocal lines. Sigvards Klava, conducting Sinfonietta Riga, leads them in deeply felt performances. The CD should be of interest both to fans of choral music and of new trends in minimalism tinged with Romanticism.