In Evening Light: Vasks, Schubert

Sebastian Bohren, Sergei Bolkhovets, Munchener Kammerorchester

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Format: CD

Cat No: AV2662

Release Date:  26 April 2024

Label:  Avie

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  822252266221

Genres:  Classical  Contemporary Folk  

  • Description

    Sebastian Bohren's world-premiere recording of "In Evening Light", the second violin concerto by Peteris Vasks, comes 25 years after the celebrated Latvian composer's first, "Distant Light", one of the most successful, oft-performed and recorded concertos by a living a composer. "In Evening Light" seems certain to follow in its forebearer's footsteps, destined to become another modern classic.

    "In Evening Light" - a three-movement, 38-minute work - is beautiful and contemplative, evoking a twilit world immersed in muted colours and permeated with deep shadows and dramatic contrasts. The album ends as it begins, with another atmospheric Vasks work. "Lonely Angel" is an homage to his late mother who lived through practically the whole of the 20th century. The composer explains, "This piece is the vision of an angel flying alone above humankind, filled with grief at how cruel and aggressive we are to each other. Like a guardian angel he touches the earth with his wings and in that way offers us comfort and healing."

    Sandwiched in between is the contrasting, classical era Rondo in B minor by Franz Schubert, arranged for violin and strings. Preceding Vasks' works by nearly two centuries, Schubert similarly revels in exploring ambiance and spaciousness.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Vasks: Violin Concerto No. 2 "Vakara gaisma" (In Evening Light): I Andante con passione - Cadenza I.
      • 2. Vasks: Violin Concerto No. 2 "Vakara gaisma" (In Evening Light): II Andante cantabile - Cadenza II.
      • 3. Vasks: Violin Concerto No. 2 "Vakara gaisma" (In Evening Light): III Andante con amore
      • 4. Schubert: Rondeau brillante in B Minor Op. 70, D895 (arr. for and strings by Paul Suits): I. Andante - II. Allegro
      • 5. Vasks: Vientulais engelis (Lonely Angel) - Meditation for violin and string orchestra: I. Adagio

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