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Composer: Vasks, Pēteris (b. 1946)

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CēsisPeteris Vasks Festival | Distant Light

Peteris Vasks Festival | Distant Light
Vasks
Sinfonietta Rīga; Juha Kangas

AmsterdamNetherlands Radio Choir: Dvořák's Te Deum

© Hans van der Woerd
Dvořák, Vasks
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Tomáš Netopil; Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor); Olesya Golovneva; Markus Butter

DortmundLeonard Bernstein

Vasks, Poulenc, Bernstein
WDR Funkhausorchester Köln; Wayne Marshall; Essen Philharmonic Choir; Damen des Kammerchor der TU Dortmund; Jugend-Konzertchor der Chorakademie am Konzerthaus Dortmund

RigaPrayer of Mother Teresa

Prayer of Mother Teresa
Vasks, Dubra, Ešenvalds, Selickis, Pärt
Sinfonietta Rīga; Sigvards Kļava; Latvian Radio Choir

StuttgartPhilosophie und Musik

Bach C.P.E., Vasks, Bernstein
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra; Matthias Foremny; Alexandra Conunova
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Ancient and Modern: a beautiful Winter Chorale

Scottish Ensemble at St John's Kirk © Scottish Ensemble (2015)
The Scottish Ensemble is joined by I Fagiolini in a Winter Chorale linking ancient and modern music for Advent and Christmas. 
****1
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SCO explore music drawn from nature

Olari Elts © Marco Borggreve
Vasks’ Viola Concerto receives its Scottish première with Maxim Rysanov and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as they explore music and nature in the Baltic, Rome and America.
****1
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Wrath, hellfire and Soviet shadows

Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
Rachmaninov had a strange fascination with the Dies irae chant. For last night’s concert, Andrés Orozco-Estrada prefaced the Symphonic Dances with a rendition of this Gregorian Chant.
***11
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Through the wringer with the ACO

Richard Tognetti, Nathan Braude and the ACO in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante © Mark Allan | Barbican
With utter technical mastery, the ACO extract every emotion from a concert that gets progressively darker as the evening proceeds. 
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Scottish Ensemble explores the political, spiritual and emotional

Alina Ibragimova © Eva Vermandel
Alina Ibragimova with the Scottish Ensemble perform exuberant early teenage Mendelssohn, deeply spiritual Pärt and Vasks, politically lethal Hartmann and utterly thrilling Bach.
****1
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