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Steve Arloff
MusicWeb International, June 2017

Piet Koornhof writes that all four composers on his disc “share a fundamental conviction that music has the power to transcend suffering and heal the human spirit” which reinforces Dvarionas’ message quoted above. That conviction is certainly fully in evidence in all the pieces here and is what makes them so attractive to the listener. Both Koornhof and Thomas Hecht are excellent conduits for the music of Balys Dvarionas…

Beauty is another key feature of all the works on this disc and that is illustrated in Peteris Vasks’ fabulous piece Music for a summer evening for solo piano which evokes the quietness of the end of a summer’s day and which incorporates some echoes of folk music which further enhance the feeling of timelessness. It is the most satisfyingly relaxing work I have heard in a long time which chimes with his declared aim “to provide food for the soul”. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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