Into Silence: Gorecki, Part, Pelecis, Vasks | ABC Classics ABC4816295

Into Silence: Gorecki, Part, Pelecis, Vasks

Label: ABC Classics

Cat No: ABC4816295

Barcode: 0028948162956

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 3rd November 2017

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This new recording from Australian label ABC Classics presents beautiful piano music by Vasks, Górecki, Pärt and Pelēcis - some of it with orchestra, some of it solo piano.

The Pelēcis concerto that opens the album is almost completely unknown, and stunning. Tamara-Anna Cislowska’s recordings have won, amongst others, the 2015 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album and Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice.

Absorbing simplicity, transcendent serenity, deep spirituality. Into Silence, the new album from pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska, immerses us in the sound world of an extraordinary generation of composers from the Baltics: Henryk Górecki (born Poland, 1933), Arvo Pärt (Estonia, 1935), Pēteris Vasks (Latvia, 1946) and Georgs Pelēcis (Latvia, 1947). All four grew up in Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe, and their music looks back to the trials of the preceding years and speaks with hope of the future, all the while responding to the frost-shrouded landscapes in which it came to life. These composers grappled with cultures in which music was simultaneously highly prized, but bound by strict social and political constraints.

The album interweaves the intimacy of solo piano with concertos and orchestral works, recorded with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra under Johannes Fritzsch - himself brought up behind the Iron Curtain.

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