New Standard Works for the Violin
Violin Music of Virko Baley
Laura Martin-Prokopyk...dashed a virtuosic marathon...
soloistic flamboyance, from dizzying passage work and
Gypsy-like outbursts to contemplative statements
of luscious lyricism. Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer
[1 - 5] Partita No. 3 for violin and piano (1999)
[6 - 7] Three Songs Without Words for violin and piano (2001)
 Intrada for violin and piano ad libitum (1971; 1989)
[10 - 15] Six Etudes tableaux, Book 1 figments
for solo violin (1981; 1889-91; rev.2001)
From his varied personal, artistic, and professional background, Virko Baley (b.1938) offers some compelling, well-crafted violin music with something to say and worth hearing. This music is dialectic. The performer fuses intellectual/emotional intelligence, consummate technical prowess and exquisite artistic temperament into a jewel of translucent strength and intensity. The listener enters the music, leaving its burnished surface to discover individual meaning, both challenging and edifying, deep within. While these demands are daunting, they would be impossible except for Baleys musical language, which is both alluringly familiar and cunningly progressive.
Virko Baley, composer, conductor, pianist and writer on music, is currently Composer in Residence and Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
This CD will be available through our website and through Cambria Master Recordings, Inc., www.cambriamus.com