Essentia

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Tracklist

1.
Concerto for Viola and Orchestra - I. Moderato
14:52
2.
Concerto for Viola and Orchestra - II. Adagio Religioso - Allegretto
04:27
3.
Concerto for Viola and Orchestra - III. Allegro Vivace
04:32
4.
Preghiera for Viola and String Orchestra
08:04
5.
Hungarian Dance No. 5
03:40
6.
Baal Shem - 3 Pictures of Hassidic Life
06:40
7.
Variations on - O mamma, mamma cara
17:29

Description

One of the biggest dilemmas of our generation is where are we from, who are we, what is our identity? Globalization has made the whole world closer, bringing our cultures more and more together. I myself am a product of this mix, being born in Mexico to Russian parents with a Jewish background, having studied at a French school in Norway and grown up in Holland. Consequently I have often thought about these questions: which culture is closest to me? What am I? I could feel at home and relate to all these cultures and yet I am not really part of any of them.

The music on this album explores the opposite perspective; each piece is very strong influenced by the composer’s culture. One can immediately smell the Hungarian landscape in Bartok’s Viola Concerto, Italian roots in the Carnevale di Venezia, the Jewish soul in Bloch’s Nigun and Russian Orthodox chants in Kugel’s Preghiera. However, there is a deeper meaning to the title of this album, as the programme also touches the spiritual and carnal nature of the human being. During the process of compiling this programme I suddenly realized the strong religious connection between the second movement of the Bartok concerto and the two prayers that follow. This is followed by the contrasting ‘danse macabre’ in the third movement, which for me is very much associated with the carnal ritual of a carnival, when one is allowed to release one’s most primitive instincts. I believe each of these pieces explores the deepest roots of humankind, that core that will be there, no matter where we go or what we do.

I am eternally grateful, primarily to Jared Sacks, for the opportunity of going through this unforgettable experience. I could not be happier to have done so with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and one of the best musicians I could have wished to collaborate with, the conductor Daniel Raiskin.

– Dana Zemtsov

Additional information

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Mastering room

Grimm LS1 Speakers, Van den Hul Cables

Recording type bit rate

DSD256

Recording software

Merging Pyramix

Recording location

Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn – December 2017

Recording engineer

Jared Sacks

Producer

Jared Sacks

Mixing board

Rens Heijnis, custom design

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps

Mastering engineer

Jared Sacks

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Editing software

Merging Pyramix

Digital converters

DSD Super Audio/Horus-256FS

Cables

van den Hul

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Conductors

Speakers

Audio Lab, Holland

Press reviews

Pizzicato LU

(…) Dana Zemtsov’s playing optimally combines structural thinking and emotional expression. (…)

NRC 4 stars

(…) machtige toon en meeslepende vertelkracht (…)

Opus Klassiek

Aart Jan van der Wal
Haar Bartók grijpt je naar de keel, maar zij mag zich tevens heel gelukkig prijzen
met zoveel eminente musici om haar heen: het nationaal symfonieorkest van
Estland onder Daniel Raiskin rijgt samen met haar het ene juweel aan het
andere. En Jared Sacks heeft het in Tallinn magnifiek vastgelegd (…)

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