The concept album shows the musical realization of humanity : humanity, humanity. The conceptual center is Pēteris Vasks Cello Concerto No. 2 : Klātbūtne (Presence). “Simone, it’s love, love, love!” the composer, who accompanied the recording in his hometown of Riga, gave Simone Drescher as an interpretation maxim and as the only interpretation hint.
The album juxtaposes two friends and composers from the Baltic Sea region who value each other but are characterized by very different musical concepts, styles and compositional methods. Different attitudes to life are manifested in them: Vasks and Nordgren.
Vasks’ Cello Concerto No. 2 was recorded here for the first time in his Latvian homeland, with a Latvian orchestra, the State Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta Riga , and a (young) Latvian conductor who has received many awards and is now 1st Kapellmeister in the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Jānis Liepiņš . Nordgren’s Cello Concerto No. 1 is available here on the first non-Finnish recording and, alongside the two recordings by the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, as the third recording ever.
The album also features the premiere recording of two arrangements for this album of Bach’s chorale prelude “Erbarm’ dich mein, oh Herre Gotte”, BWV 721 for cello and strings and his Aria in C minor from the Pastorale in F major for cello, strings and Voice modeled after Pēteris Vasks’ use of voice in “Klātbūtne”. These arrangements were commissioned by Simone Drescher for this album.
The booklet offers an extensive and insightful interview with Simone Drescher on the concept of the album and her understanding of the connection between making music and humanity.