Essentia

Dana Zemtsov, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

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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

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

Total time: 00:59:44

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Label

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41018

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Digital Converters

DSD Super Audio/Horus-256FS, Pyramix Editing/Merging Technologies

Mastering Room

Grimm LS1 Speakers, Van den Hul Cables

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis, custom design

Conductors

Original Recording Format

Producer

Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn – December 2017

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD256

Speakers

Audio Lab, Holland

Release Date September 14, 2018

Press reviews

NRC 4 out of 5

(…) mighty tone and compelling narrative power (…)

Opus Klassiek

Her Bartók grabs you by the throat. But she is also very happy to praise the music with so many outstanding musicians around her including the National Symphony Orchestra of Estonia under Daniel Raiskin. The performances are riding the one jewel with the others. And the recording by Jared Sacks magnifies it in Tallinn.

Darko Audio

Zemtsov’s viola was harmonically rich as well as delicate in tone and texture, all reproduced inside a soundstage that captured an open and airy orchestra sound.

Pizzicato LU

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

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