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Pēteris Vasks (born April 16, 1946) is a Latvian composer.

Vasks was born in Aizpute, Latvia, to a family of a Baptist pastor. He trained as a double-bass player, and played in several Latvian orchestras before entering the State Conservatory in Vilnius in the neighboring Lithuania to study composition, as he was prevented from doing this in Latvia due to Soviet repressive policy toward Baptists. He started to become known outside Latvia in the 1990s.

Initially, Vasks' style owed much… read more

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  • Cello concerto no.2 played by Sol Gabetta holy shit that is good.
  • Just be glad Vasks and Pärt are gaining recognition for their works while they're still alive. Too many artist leave beautiful masterpieces only to be completely ignored by the masses.
  • I really do not understand why Arvo Pärt is so well-known and popular but Vasks... [2]
  • Sounds like Arvo Pärt in an alternate Universe where he composes empty music for ardent non-believers.
  • the Piano Quartet kicks ass!
  • Violin Concerto is the best piece !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • symphony no.3!
  • String Quartet No. 4 played by Kronos Quartet... best piece by Vasks ;o) [2]
  • yay! for the new pic!
  • I have an album containing Distant Light, Musica Dolorosa and Viatore. I can't tell which piece is best. They are all so powerful and emotional and utterly magnificent. I highly recommend his music.

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