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anyone like Peteris Vasks

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Initial post: Nov 8, 2012, 1:44:37 PM PST
scarecrow says:
I[ve been listening to the string quartets, really interesting composer, gets the nest of deep wired lyricism, and not afraid to have noises around.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012, 1:50:06 PM PST
Dichterliebe says:
Yes, very much. Some of us have been recommending his pieces for some time at this forum. His Violin Concerto "Distant Light" is one I really like. "Viatore" is a short piece for strings that uses color really well and is Barber-esque. I've only heard one of his quartets (and it was excellent) but none of the others.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012, 6:22:06 AM PST
scarecrow says:
yes his music has a healing, almost therapeutic, well I will say that, in a sick age we live in, this should be the function of music. . .for now anyways. . .

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012, 2:47:56 AM PST
Nada says:
Scarecrow -

yes, I do.

Dichterliebe is right about the fact that some of us have been recommending works by Vasks (type "Vasks" into the field "Search Customer Discussions" and you'll find quite a lot).

I took the time (Friday/Saturday) to re-listen to the string quartets String Quartets 1-3, the cello concerto & the string symphony "Voices" Vasks: Cello Concert, symphony no. 2 & the violin concerto "Distant Light" Peteris Vasks: Symphony No. 2; Violin Concerto "Distant Light", "The Seasons" for solo piano Vasks: The Seasons (Gadalaiki) and the album called "Message" Vasks: Message which includes the work "Cantabile" for string orchestra, a Cor Anglais concerto, "Message" for string orchestra, percussion and two pianos; "Musica Dolorosa" for string orchestra, and "Lauda" for orchestra.

This album had been my first Vasks CD and its impact is still unsurpassed, though I concede to the other aforementioned works to be of high/highest quality. Yet the work "Message" never fails to rouse a tension, an accelerated pounding of the heart, a fear of catastrophe; and the "Musica Dolorosa" makes me utterly sad for all the pain suffered in the world. It is almost uncanny how music can create and evoke such strong emotions.
Message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zCuDtdvtug
Musica Dolorosa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9k4Nh2oRwg&feature=related

(As printed on the cover) Vasks himself says: "Music is an emotional art. If there is no emotion, there is no art."

Healing? At least these two pieces are music that takes away the layers of everyday life and puts its "fingers" right into wounds ... If wounds are healing when you admit their existence ... you may be right.

Listening to the "Seasons" for solo piano, for example there is an overall sense of delicacy, beauty, a dreamlike voyage, a reference to mysteries. I feel immersed in a dream where I can touch things with fingertips only, only so short away from understanding the true nature. (If anybody needs a comparison: Janacek, played by Andras Schiff comes to mind Leos Janácek: A Recollection). Recommended to all piano lovers ...
1) White Scenery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv2fn9GKPB8
2) Spring Music, part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B06E6ZJ6W4g
......................part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4qgylZ-eWg
3) Green Scenery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LR00IzEhvKQ
4) Autumn Music, part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arbAgHGxs0Y
........................part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKkzaiMa8I4

And yet, as you say, the string quartets for example show some raw energy, driving forth. And yes, this raw energy and anger and passion belongs here and neither composer nor listener shies away. - There is an interesting YouTube clip showing the Navarra Quartet exercising in presence of the composer (Navarra members speaking English, Vasks speaking German):
String quartet no. 3, 2nd movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN_7pydhrPc

I just read that Vasks composed five string quartets. Hopefully the Navarra Quartet will continue recording ...

Reading some of the earlier posts (as I searched also for Vasks in all the discussions) I came across some statements about Vasks (and Pärt and Kancheli ...) being too soothing, too conservative. I don't know. I don't care. - Well, I do care in the sense that it makes me think about my listening habits; of course I'm asking myself: Why is it that others diss this kind of music? Might their statement be true? How to bear such disdain? But can I act other than: stick to the music dear to my heart?

I've been wondering lately how one can praise a certain work or style or genre or composer *without* dissing the ones that are left out? I often feel tempted to describe a work as "accessible", "listenable" and so on. Yet, the consequence would be that other music is not listenable or not accessible. Which clearly is not the case for others. It is the case for me ... The statement of others is as personal and individual as mine ...

But back to Vasks: Of course talking about Vasks one needs to include his vocal music as well. Until now I know only his beautiful "Dona nobis pacem". I remember talking to another poster some time ago and listening to some YouTube clips with Vasks' chorals. "Mate Saule" [Mother Sun] for example, or "Plainscapes".
Dona Nobis Pacem (extract): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZsenEas8jw
Mate Saule: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSzvA9ETSj8
Plainscapes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpJ1SlVc38A&playnext=1&list=PL1556547BE5C4C956&feature=results_video

Whatever Vasks does, choral, string quartet, symphony ... I think he's got a unique voice.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012, 7:11:35 AM PST
John Spinks says:
I was very pleasantly surprised by his music. Occasionally I'll download a good deal from Amazon and this was just so:

Vasks, P.: Symphony No. 2 / Violin Concerto, "Distant Light" (Storgards)

So where to next? Thanks for the links above, Nada.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012, 2:06:03 PM PST
I have not heard a lot of Vasks, but among modern composers, he is one I consider worth exploring more thoroughly. I really like his 4th string quartet. I would like to listen to it while doing nothing more than looking a blue sky with only a few fluffy clouds sailing across the sky. Today might work.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012, 9:51:28 AM PST
scarecrow says:
ThX Nada, and everyone, Yes I've been following his music off n'on for about one year now. . .there are some great things on youtube, including rehearsals and interviews. . .

I'm going to learn some of his piano solo music.. . . Kronos Quartet has played the Fourth many times . . .
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