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Sol Gabetta wins 2016 ECHO Klassik awards / The Strad

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The Deutsche Phono-Akademie (German record industry) has named the 57 winners of its 2016 ECHO Klassik awards, honouring ‘the most successful and outstanding achievements' of German and international classical musicians over the last 12 months. Among the string players recognised by the industry is Sol Gabetta who wins the Instrumentalist Cello title for her Vasks ‘Presence' recording on Sony Classical. 

Sol Gabetta has recorded works by one of her friends, the contemporary Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks. At the heart of album is the world-premiere recording of the composer's Second Cello Concerto, Klātbūtne – Presence, a lyrically cantabile and tonally sensuous work that is dedicated to the cellist, which she premiered in 2012 with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under Candida Thompson. In this three-movement work, the cello accompanies a human voice that tells of various prospects in life. "For me," admits Pēteris Vasks, "the cello feels like my own inner voice." As its title suggests, the concerto deals with the self's attempts to achieve a state of harmony with the world – the hope that the individual may find peace and purification in a conflict-ridden here and now. It explains why the score includes a part for the human voice, which is here sung by the cellist. This is a device with which Vasks had already experimented in 1978 in Grāmata Čellam – The Book for Solo Cello. This piece, also included on the new album, was the first work by the composer that the then eighteen-year-old Sol Gabetta ever heard. It was the start of an inspirational encounter.

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