“The past two years were so utterly different for me (and for all of us no doubt). A time that suddenly flowed at a completely different pace than we had been used to. It taught us a lot, it was no longer that planned-out certainty. The monumental piano cycle of the Latvian composer Pēters Vasks The Seasons depicts all of the seasons of the year with their moods: melancholy, sadness, nostalgia, joy, dramatic conflicts and reconciliations. It is at once a symbol of the return to nature, to spirituality, and a thanksgiving for ourselves, that we can listen and simply exist. How apt, I might say. This is contrasted in my recital by the sonatas of the “Baroque visionary” and genius of keyboard compositions – Domenico Scarlatti.
Pēteris Vasks: Pavasara klaviermūzika (Spring Piano Music)
Pēteris Vasks: Zaļā ainava (Green Scenery)
Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in E major, k. 380
Pēteris Vasks: Rudens mūzika (Autumn Music)
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