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Vasks: The Seasons (Gadalaiki) / Vestard Shimkus (Pno). (1 CD)

Audio Samples

>Vasks, Peteris : Gadalaiki (The Seasons), for piano
>Vasks, Peteris : Vasaras vakara muzika (Summer Evening Music), for piano

Album Summary

>Vasks, Peteris : Gadalaiki (The Seasons), for piano
>Vasks, Peteris : Vasaras vakara muzika (Summer Evening Music), for piano
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Seasons (Gadalaiki) is not program music in the classical sense, but rather an expression of feelings. Vasks says, "When I first heard Vestard Shimkus playing I instantly understood - he is just the right interpreter. The notes turned into colors, scents, started to breathe, and The Seasons came into being." Shimkus' performance received the Great Latvian Music Award, the highest national distinction in the field of music.

"Vasks wrote the cycle for Vestard Shimkus, who was 25 when he gave its premiere and recorded it. He plays with a real affinity for Vasks' individual style and with virtuosic assurance, and convincingly conveys the intensity of the composer's feeling for his subject matter. The accessibility and immediate attractiveness of Vasks' music make this a disc that ought to appeal to anyone who loves lyrical twentieth century piano music. Wergo's sound is clean, clear, and very present." -All Music Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Great Guild Hall, Riga, Latvia (09/23/2009).



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Works Details

>Vasks, Peteris : Gadalaiki (The Seasons), for piano
  • Performer: Vestard Shimkus (Piano)
  • Running Time: 52 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Vasks, Peteris : Vasaras vakara muzika (Summer Evening Music), for piano
  • Performer: Vestard Shimkus (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009
  • Studio/Live: Live