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There is variety to the music of Peteris Vasks, and these five substantial organ pieces are of a generally symphonic nature, though programmatic. For a composer who numbers among his influences Pärt, Górecki and Lutosławski, his Te Deum (1991) is surprisingly romantic. Another early work, Cantus ad Pacem, is more meditative and explores modality through an improvisatory style which becomes progressively expressionistic, not unlike Musica seria (1988/2008). Riga-based Vasks thinks that any composer who resides in Latvia’s capital has a duty to write for its famous (IV/124) 1884 Walcker organ. Tuomas Pyrhönen is a skilled advocate for Vasks’s technically demanding scores and explores the array of tone colour the instrument provides.

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