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Peteris Vasks (b.1946): Cello Concerto No. 2 'Presence'; Musique du Soir for cello & organ; Gramata Cellam, for solo cello / Sol Gabetta, cello; Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Album Summary

>Vasks, Peteris : Concerto for cello & string orchestra no 2 ("Klatbutne" [Presence])
>Vasks, Peteris : Musique du soir, for horn (or cello) & organ (or piano)
>Vasks, Peteris : Book (Gramata cellam), for solo cello
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The new album from Internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award® nominated cellist, Sol Gabetta. All of the pieces on the album are written by Latvian composer Peteris Vask. Features the world premiere-recording of "Klatbutne / Presence" written specifically for Gabetta. Tour dates in the U.S. in late winter and spring 2016.

Acclaimed international cellist Sol Gabetta's new album Vasks: Presence features works by the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. The main piece on this CD is a world premiere-recording of the Concerto No. 2 for Cello and Orchestra, "Klatbutne / Presence" that was written for Gabetta and commissioned by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. The music resembles that of Arvo Pärt and combines Sol's cello and her voice in a fascinating manner. On "Musique du Soir" Gabetta is joined by her mother who is a professional organ player. The third piece on Vasks: Presence is a solo cello piece that Gabetta often plays as an encore at her concerts. Wherever cellist Sol Gabetta plays, she impresses with her captivating interpretations, her passionate, full-bodied play and her charismatic conquering personality. Her great versatility of style and repertoire distinguishes her and she can grip an audience through her music. One of the most celebrated young cellists on the classical stage, Gabetta has won numerous awards including two prestigious German Echo Klassik Awards, Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award, the Natalia Gutman Award, the ARD competition in Munich and has earned a Grammy® nomination.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2016
[The concerto is] couched, for the most part, in a fearlessly diatonic idiom. Enviable concentration goes hand in hand with a strength, purity and serenity that held me from start to finish... [Presence] receives blisteringly dedicated and stunningly coordinated advocacy... the release as a whole, boasting superlative production values throughout, can still be confidently recommended to Vasks's many fans and newcomers alike.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2016
The immediacy of Vasks's musical language is appealing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Evangelische Kirche, Niedereggenen, Germany (07/02/2015); Koncerthuset Dr Byen, Kopenhagen, Denmark (07/02/2015); Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, Netherlands (07/02/2015); Evangelische Kirche, Niedereggenen, Germany (07/03/2015); Koncerthuset Dr Byen, Kopenhagen, Denmark (07/03/2015); Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, Netherlands (07/03/2015); Evangelische Kirche, Niedereggenen, Germany (11/09/2009-11/12/2009); Koncerthuset Dr Byen, Kopenhagen, Denmark (11/09/2009-11/12/2009); Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, Netherlands (11/09/2009-11/12/2009).



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>Vasks, Peteris : Concerto for cello & string orchestra no 2 ("Klatbutne" [Presence])
  • Performer: Sol Gabetta (Cello)
  • Conductor: Candida Thompson
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 35 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Vasks, Peteris : Musique du soir, for horn (or cello) & organ (or piano)
  • Performers: Sol Gabetta (Cello); Irene Timacheff-Gabetta (Organ)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Vasks, Peteris : Book (Gramata cellam), for solo cello
  • Performer: Sol Gabetta (Cello)
  • Notes: Koncerthuset Dr Byen, Kopenhagen, Denmark (11/09/2009-11/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978