Album of the Week: Sol Gabetta - Vasks - Presence

My pick for album of the week is the Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta's new recording of works by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, released on Sony Classics.

The primary work on the album is the world premiere recording of Vasks's Concerto No. 2 for Cello and String Orchestra "Klātbūtne / Presence", which was written especially for Gabetta and commissioned by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, which is also featured on the album, led by Candida Thompson.

The album also features Vasks’ “Musique du Soir” for cello and organ, which features Gabetta’s mother Irène Timacheff-Gabetta, a professional organ player, performing the organ part, and "Gramata Cellam”, a 13-minute piece for cello solo that Gabetta has often performed as an encore at her concerts worldwide .