PĒTERIS VASKS (b.1946): Da pacem, Domine, Mein Herr und mein Gott, Laudate Dominum, Prayer Lord, open our eyes), The Fruit of Silence.

Catalogue Number: 11T056

Label: Ondine

Reference: ODE 1302-2

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: These recent works sum up the best of Vasks' fully mature style, not least because in prayerful liturgical settings like these the composer addresses his deepest concerns and hopes for their resolution. Da pacem, Domine is a prayer for peace in our troubled times, a work of great power and solemnity, the disturbed undercurrents of the orchestral accompaniment challenged by the passionate pleading of the choir. This is a common theme throughout the works on this disc; Laudate Dominum contrasts transparent, ethereal choral textures with majestic organ interjections; the Prayer by Mother Teresa is beautiful and consoling, but rises to a powerful climax as the text pleads for greater charity toward the oppressed and downtrodden. Vasks' recent language is very distinctive; the consonant resolution of harmonic strife is a constant goal, but rather than opposing harsh warlike music with static 'new spirituality' the two are blended in a more subtle, neo-romantic discourse like the still contemplation of great religious works of art. Not infrequently one is reminded of Bach in these works, which is no small achievement for a composer seeking to express the metaphysical in music. Texts and translations included. Ilze Reine (organ), Latvian Radio Choir, Sinfonietta Riga; Sigvards Klava.

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