VASKS: Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra "Distant Light." Summer
Dances for Two Violins. Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano
SCHOENBERG: Pelleas und Melisánde,
Op. 5. Erwartung, Op. 17. Erwartung,
PICKARD: The Gardener of Aleppo. Daughters of Zion. Snowbound. Serenata
Concertanta. Three Chicken Studies. The Phagous of Afranio. Ghost-Trainl
Recently this site mentioned a fine BIS recording of music of Peteris Vasks for viola (REVIEW). Now we have this relaese of music ficysubg ib the violin beginning with the Concerto for Violin and String Orchestrta cinoised 1996-1008, subtitled Distant Light. amd is dedicated to Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer who recorded it for Telde two decades ago. . \Tthe 33-minute concerto has five sections played wiouyt pause. Therea re three cadenzas, the mood is mostly darkly seren, and the work opens and closes quietly. Summer ances for Two Violins iwas composed in 2018. There are seven brief lively movements and it shows Vasks in a light mood. The 38-minue Piano quartet dates from 2001. It is a bold six-movement work that alreay has been reforded often. Surely can assume that these performanes are what Vask intnded, and the recording, present this unusual music in fine multi-channel sound. Producers warn that as SACD playing time is very long, some players might have diffiult playing the final track-and they rovide a solution for this. A intriguing disk!,
Two of Schoenberg's major works are featured on this Chandos disk.
The large-scale symphonic poem Pelleas and Melisande was composed
1902 - 1903. Its rich orchestration shows influence of Richard Strauss.
score has been recorded by numerous famous conductors, and now we have
this score in splendid multi-channel audio. There is only one other
SACD, with Jac Van
Steen and the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra on MDG, coupled with Three
Orchestral Pieces of Berg. Pelleas now is coupled with another
Schoenberg masterpiece, Erwartung, composed in 1909. This is
one pf the composer's atonal works. Erwartung (Expectation),
Op. 17, is a one-act monodrama
for soprano and orchestra in four scenes, to a libretto by Marie. Pappenheim.
A woman looking for her lover in the darkness finally finds him but he
is dead, and she wanders
off into the darkness. Many major sopranos have recorded this, but the
new one is very special. The soprano is amazing Sara
Jakubiak, her beautiful voice totally
expressive. This site recently praised her performance in a Berlin Deutsche
Opera production of Korngold's Das Wunder der Heliane(REVIEW).The
Bergen Philharmonic is in top form, and the recording made in Bergen's
Grieg Hall June 2019, captures Shoenberg's rich scores in outstanding
multi-channel sound. The complete text and translation of Erwartung is
provided. An outstanding release!
R.E.B. (May 2020)