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"Orient-Occident" - Works of Pärt, Shostakovich & Jaan Rääts / Éric Aubier, trumpet; Roustem Saïtkoulov, piccolo; Pays de Savoie Orchestra; Chalvin

Notes & Reviews:

This album has its origins in the Russian tradition of the mid 20th century with Shostakovich, and highlights two major composers of Estonian music. They represent one of the most important and most unique trends of modern music which has an international reputation. The music of Pärt and Rääts consists of collages, of repeated patterns, and of reminiscences going back to the Baroque period ... From their works emerges an exciting and transcendental energy.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
There is no shortage of recordings of Shostakovich's remarkable Piano Concerto 1 (1933). This one has it all: spirit and energy, thoughtfulness and wonder, and of course irony. Trumpeter Aubier's control and beautiful sound are superb, and pianist Roustem Saitkoulov's reading is loaded with meaning. The album ends with Part's 6-minute Orient et Occident (2000), for string orchestra. Orient is represented by glissando-spiced melodies, Occident by potent chords. Both elements are projected with equal intensity, and there are no obvious formal signposts that tell us where we have been and are going. Excellent playing by the Pays de Savoie Orchestra. Detailed, resonant sound.


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