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Vasks: Chamber Music / Parnassus Trio

Album Summary

>Vasks, Peteris : Episodi e canto perpetuo
>Vasks, Peteris : Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano
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Notes & Reviews:

The Trio Parnassus has often surprised their fans with the discovery of previously unknown musical treasures, and the three musicians do it again on this recording featuring works by the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks! Peteris Vasks, the son of a minister, studied at the Riga College of Music. He began with the violin, continued with the double bass until 1970, and then studied composition from 1973 to 1978. It was not until the Soviet Union's demise that his star could shine in Latvia's compositional skies.

BBC Music Magazine
A few months ago HSnssler released a fine version of his Episodi e canto perpetuo for piano trioà The same work now appears from the Trio Parnassus in an equally strong performance that was recorded in the presence of the composer. In the Parnassus performance, the atmospheric acoustic serves to intensify a real sense of expectancy and prepare us more effectively for the ensuing emotionally fraught struggle than on the HSnssler version.

Gramophone Magazine
Written in 1985, the Episodi e canto perpetuoà grippingly charts, in Vasks's words, "a painful journey through misery, disappointment and suffering towards loveà" Marvellously recorded by MDG, the Trio Parnassus give a highly persuasive accountà



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>Vasks, Peteris : Episodi e canto perpetuo
  • Ensemble: Trio Parnassus
  • Notes: Ehemaliges Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1985

>Vasks, Peteris : Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano
  • Performer: Avri Levitan (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Trio Parnassus
  • Notes: Ehemaliges Ackerhaus der Abtei Marienmünster (11/22/2007-11/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 35 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000-2001