Works Discography

Peteris Vasks (1946-)

Pēteris Vasks was born in Aizpute (Latvia) in 1946. He attended the Riga Music Academy and the Lithuanian Music Academy in Vilnius where he studied double-bass with Vitautas Sereika until 1970. From 1973 to 1978 he studied composition with Valentin Utkin at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga. From 1963 to 1974 Vasks was member of various symphony and chamber orchestras such as the Lithuanian Philharmonic Orchestra (1966-69), the Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (1969-70) and the orchestra of the Latvian Radio and Television (1971-74).

Vasks has included archaic folkloric elements of Latvian music in his compositions. Most of his works have programmatic titles which refer to natural occurrences. But what really matters to Vasks is not a poetic praise of nature or a landscape description as aesthetic ideal: The mutual relation between nature and man, the beauty of life and the threatening ecological and moral destruction of these values - these are the subjects that Vasks has taken up primarily in his latest works and set to music.
In 1996, he was appointed „Main Composer" of the Stockholm Festival of New Music.

Three times he received the Great Music Award - the highest prize given by the Latvian state in the field of music: in 1993 for Litene, in 1998 for his Violin Concerto "Distant Light" and in 2000 for his Second Symphony. In 1996, he was awarded the Herder Prize of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation Hamburg. Since 1994, Pēteris Vasks has been an honorary member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences. In 2001, he was offered membership in the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In 2004, the recording of his Second Symphony and Distant Light (ODE 1005-2) was awarded the Cannes Classical Award in the categories "CD of the Year" and "Best Orchestral Work". Pēteris Vasks lives in Riga as a freelance composer.


More information:
Schott Music
Music in Latvia
Portrait Article at Zeit Online (in German)

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Works



Birth (Piedzimsana, 2008)
Cello Concerto
Dona nobis pacem (1996)
Missa (2000, 2005)
Our Mother’s Names (Musu masu vardi, 1977/2003)
Pater noster (1991)
Plainscapes (Lidzenuma ainavas, 2002)
Silent Songs (Klusas dziesmas, 1979/1992)
Small, Warm Holiday (Mazi, silti svetki, 1988)
Summer (Vasara, 1978)
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 3
The Sad Mother (Skumja mate, 1980/91)
The Tomtit’s Message (Ziles zina, 1981/2004)
Violin Concerto "Tala gaisma" (Distant Light)
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Discography (extract)



Pēteris Vasks
Plainscapes
Latvian Radio Choir
Sigvards Klava
ODE 1194-2

Released 01/2012

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Pēteris Vasks
Pater noster
Dona nobis pacem
Missa
Latvian Radio Choir
Sinfonietta Riga
Sigvards Klava
ODE 1106-2

Released 08/2007

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Pēteris Vasks
Symphony No. 3
Cello Concerto
Marko Ylönen, cello
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor
ODE 1086-5 (CD/SACD hybrid)

Released 09/2006

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Pēteris Vasks
Symphony No. 2
Violin Concerto "Distant Light"
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor
John Storgårds, violin
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Juha Kangas, conductor
ODE 1005-2

Released 01/2003

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