The Invisible Link

The Invisible Link

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There is no absolute point in time. Any point in time is merely a logical abstraction. It is, roughly speaking, a chord of points – moment – that embodies hours and days, rather than a second… The way to capture this, exists beyond this physical world. One can imagine a second that embraces everything – past and future. The whole world rolls up into one point. And then these countless times and places depart, diverge, and unroll…

  • Artist(s) Maya Fridman
  • Featuring Daniël Kool
  • Genre Contemporary
  • Composer(s) Alfred Schnittke, Arvo Pärt, Pēteris Vasks
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There is no absolute point in time. Any point in time is merely a logical abstraction. It is, roughly speaking, a chord of points - moment - that embodies hours and days, rather than a second... The way to capture this, exists beyond this physical world. One can imagine a second that embraces everything - past and future. The whole world rolls up into one point. And then these countless times and places depart, diverge, and unroll...
Alexander Ivashkin

This album discusses the invisible connection between Alfred Schnittke, Pēteris Vasks and Arvo Pärt, and my personal connection with them. It explores three pieces, each written approximately at the end of the 1970s, during the period of the Soviet Union.

History always creates an imprint on the composers’ output. However, apart from a possible historical link between Schnittke, Vasks and Pärt one might imagine, I felt something more than that. In these three pieces, I felt a sense of timelessness and an urge for an ultimate truth, to be explored through a juxtaposition of extreme emotions, and found in the musical representation of silence.

When I heard Schnittke’s Sonata for Cello and Piano for the very first time, I envisioned an endless circle of birth and death, with a quick disastrous gallop of life in between. This sonata has had a deep and transformative influence on me, and it epitomized to me what I was looking for in music: the experience of catharsis.

To me, the music of Vasks has a certain resolute force of veracity as told straight from the heart, a truth that can only be found through investigating the biggest opposites: peace through unrest, light through darkness. The Book, in its two movements, is about one’s voice emerging and elevating above the turmoil of one’s psychological reality.

Fratres feels to me like two brothers going through life, side by side. One frantically and emotionally trying to grasp the secrets of life and death, the other ever so still and stable, providing a frame of reason for his sibling. One brother as the instant, the other portraying eternity, and the two of them represent the perpetual struggle within oneself.

The Invisible Link is not only about the invisible connection between Alfred Schnittke, Pēteris Vasks, and Arvo Pärt, or about the relationship between the three pieces. It is about the invisible link connecting the purest and most extreme of emotions, with the everlasting stillness of time itself.

track list

  1. Schnittke: Sonata for Cello and Piano, I. Largo Maya Fridman & Daniël Kool 3:31
  2. Schnittke: Sonata for Cello and Piano, II. Presto Maya Fridman & Daniël Kool 6:41
  3. Schnittke: Sonata for Cello and Piano, III. Largo Maya Fridman & Daniël Kool 10:03
  4. Vasks: The Book for Cello Solo, I. Fortissimo Maya Fridman 5:34
  5. Vasks: The Book for Cello Solo, II. Pianissimo Maya Fridman 6:34
  6. Pärt: Fratres for Cello and Piano Maya Fridman & Daniël Kool 10:24

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credits

cello

Maya Fridman

piano

Daniël Kool

engineer

Brendon Heinst

assistant engineer

Luuk Meijssen

photography, design

Brendon Heinst

liner notes

Maya Fridman, Brendon Heinst

equipment

microphones

Sonodore

ad/da conversion

Merging Technologies

monitoring

Dutch & Dutch

cabling

Furutech

behind the scenes

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