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Victor Kissine: Between Two Waves; Duo; Barcarola / Gidon Kremer, Daniil Grishin, Giedre Dirvanauskaite, Andrius Zlabys, Andrei Pushkarev

Album Summary

>Kissine, Victor : Between Two Waves, for piano & string orchestra
>Kissine, Victor : Duo (After Ossip Andelstam), for viola & cello
>Kissine, Victor : Barcarola, concerto for violin, strings & percussion
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Following on from Victor Kissine's luminous orchestration of Schuber'ts String Quartet in G Major (ECM 1883) and his own Zerkalo with Kremer and friends (ECM 2202), here is the first ECM album devoted entirely to the compositions of the composer from St. Petersburg. The flavor of the sea pervades the three recent compositions heard here variously inspired by the poetry of Mandelstam and Brodsky: the concerto for piano and string orchestra Between Two Waves, the Duoo (Ater Osip Mandelstam) for viola and violoncello, and Barcarola for violin, string orchestra and percussion. All three pieces are dedicated to the collaborating players- Gidon Kremer and the musicians of Kremerata Baltica. Of the Barcarole, Kissine has said that is reflects the experience with Kremer and company on the earlier Schubert orchestration. Subsequently Kissine "wanted to write a piece that was orchestral but intimate - a kind of 'concerto in watercolor'. The explicitly chamber character of the Barcarole guided me toward the form of a concerto in one movement, which also unfolds in waves". The album, recorded at last year's Lockenhaus Festival is issued Kissine's 60th birthday year.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2013
At the very least everything here is beautifully played and recorded, and anyone interested in the music of the post-Soviet diaspora will find much to ponder.

MusicWeb International, 18th June 2013
This is music which lives just below the surface of easy recognition and simple themes, but it is not music which confuses with unnecessary intellectual posturing or over-complexity. The imagery and ambience is that of honest creativity by a mind and an ear keenly tuned to the moods of his subject, and as such this is a release which can haunt and inspire.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Between Two Waves is a concerto for piano and strings that sounds like a possessed Arvo Part sometimes; it takes about eight minutes to build to the first big crest, and then the waves come faster and thicker in the strings. It's moody and atmospheric, and the writing is very evocative. Duo (after Osip Mandelstam), for viola and cello, was based on a short poem from Mandelstam's collection Kamen (Stone). The effects Kissine asks from the instruments are fascinating.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lockenhaus Festival, Lockenhaus, Austria (07/2011).


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>Kissine, Victor : Between Two Waves, for piano & string orchestra
  • Performer: Andrius Zlabys (Piano)
  • Conductor: Roman Kofman
  • Running Time: 21 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2008

>Kissine, Victor : Duo (After Ossip Andelstam), for viola & cello
  • Performers: Giedre Dirvanauskaite (Cello); Daniil Grishin (Viola)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Kissine, Victor : Barcarola, concerto for violin, strings & percussion
  • Performers: Gidon Kremer (Violin); Andrei Pushkarev (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2007