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Quartet for violin, viola, cello and piano

Peteris Vasks (b. 1946)

Composer
Peteris Vasks (b. 1946)
Composition Year
2000-2001/revision 2002
Work Movements
1. Preludio – Moderato
2. Danze – Allegro
3. Canti drammatici – Andante
4. Quasi una passacaglia – Allegro
5. Canto principale – Cantabile
6. Postludio – Adagio
Artists
Hagai Shaham [violin], Jennifer Stumm [viola], David Geringas [cello], Alexander Melnikov [piano]

Programme Note Writer:
© Peteris Vasks

This Quartett was commissioned by the West Cork Chamber Music Festival with the help of a generous donation by a Festival Friend and was premiered at the 2001 Festival in the presence of the composer by the Florestan Trio led by Anthony Marwood with James Boyd on viola. The commission was for a work of twenty minutes, the premiere lasted a memorable forty two minutes throwing schedules into disarray and resulting in the late-night performance of Pierrot Lunaire ending long after midnight. And that is surely how Festivals should be.

 

The new version has been recorded twice in the last year indicating the growing popularity of this passionate work. It is played without a break, each new movement breaking at the climax of the previous one.

 

The composer describes it as follows:

Preludio – based on a diatonic motif of a fifth. The introduction gradually swells from pianissimo to fortissimo

Danze – based on a motif that is very close to Latvian folk music. Sizzling with energy.

Canti drammatici – the turning point of the piece. High spiritual suspense. Questions without answers.

Quasi una passacaglia – composed from three complementary themes. An aggressive, fateful passacaglia, followed by a sarcastic march and a very explosive toccata. The climax of the movement – a black hole.

Canto principale  - glorious incantation in the strings, accompanied by piano. A song of praise to faith and love.

Postludio – a change in tone at the final climax: the quartet ends in a poignant but hope ful atmosphere.


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Quartet for violin, viola, cello and piano

Composer: Peteris Vasks (b. 1946)
Performance date: Sunday 5th July 2009
Venue: Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer Peteris Vasks (b. 1946)
Work Title Quartet for violin, viola, cello and piano
Composition Year 2000-2001/revision 2002
Work Movements 1. Preludio – Moderato
2. Danze – Allegro
3. Canti drammatici – Andante
4. Quasi una passacaglia – Allegro
5. Canto principale – Cantabile
6. Postludio – Adagio
Artist(s) Hagai Shaham [violin], Jennifer Stumm [viola], David Geringas [cello], Alexander Melnikov [piano]
Performance Date Sunday 5th July 2009
Performance Venue Bantry House Library, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Marathon Finale
Duration 00:36:05
Recording Engineer Anton Timoney, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Piano Quartet/Piano Quintet
Instrumentation vn, va, vc, pf
Programme Note Writer © Peteris Vasks

This Quartett was commissioned by the West Cork Chamber Music Festival with the help of a generous donation by a Festival Friend and was premiered at the 2001 Festival in the presence of the composer by the Florestan Trio led by Anthony Marwood with James Boyd on viola. The commission was for a work of twenty minutes, the premiere lasted a memorable forty two minutes throwing schedules into disarray and resulting in the late-night performance of Pierrot Lunaire ending long after midnight. And that is surely how Festivals should be.

 

The new version has been recorded twice in the last year indicating the growing popularity of this passionate work. It is played without a break, each new movement breaking at the climax of the previous one.

 

The composer describes it as follows:

Preludio – based on a diatonic motif of a fifth. The introduction gradually swells from pianissimo to fortissimo

Danze – based on a motif that is very close to Latvian folk music. Sizzling with energy.

Canti drammatici – the turning point of the piece. High spiritual suspense. Questions without answers.

Quasi una passacaglia – composed from three complementary themes. An aggressive, fateful passacaglia, followed by a sarcastic march and a very explosive toccata. The climax of the movement – a black hole.

Canto principale  - glorious incantation in the strings, accompanied by piano. A song of praise to faith and love.

Postludio – a change in tone at the final climax: the quartet ends in a poignant but hope ful atmosphere.