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Vasks: Pater Noster, Missa, etc / Klava, et al

> Pater noster - Pater noster
> Dona nobis pacem - Dona nobis pacem
> Mass - Kyrie
> Mass - Gloria
> Mass - Sanctus
> Mass - Benedictus
> Mass - Agnus Dei

Album Summary

>Vasks, Peteris : Pater noster, for choir & string orchestra
>Vasks, Peteris : Dona nobis pacem, for mixed chorus & strings (or organ)
>Vasks, Peteris : Missa, for choir & orchestra
Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This new disc focuses on the religious aspect in Vasks's music and contains three sacred works for choir and orchestra. Based on Latin texts from the traditional Christian liturgy, these works include The Lord's Prayer and the ordinary of the Mass. The character of this meditative and very approachable music is built on the combination of the Church tradition with Baltic mysticism from the Northern countries of Europe, reflecting the composer's own spiritual and cultural background.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Instrumental music was of greater importance. When he did write a Pater noster (1991), it was in a simpler, more consonant style than much of his earlier work, expressively close to the 'holy minimalism' common to a number of Baltic composers, but Vasks's triadic style - which he feels essential for sacred music - shares little with them. A short, peaceful meditation, it is reverentially performed by the Latvian Radio Choir... The Missa (2000, rev 2000-05) is a different matter. True, the expressive idiom is the same, but Vasks here invests his ideas in more musically satisfying forms. The use of string orchestral accompaniment is reminiscent in places, the Sanctus especially, of English music and sounds a touch like what an early Mass setting by Tippett might have sounded like. There are sympathetic echoes (no doubt coincidental) of Howells in the Benedictus and overlong Agnus Dei, too.



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Works Details

>Vasks, Peteris : Pater noster, for choir & string orchestra
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Vasks, Peteris : Dona nobis pacem, for mixed chorus & strings (or organ)
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Running Time: 14 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1996

>Vasks, Peteris : Missa, for choir & orchestra
  • Conductor: Sigvards Klava
  • Running Time: 36 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000