Commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Affairs of the Heart was completed on 1 August 1997 - just three years after Schnittke’s Concerto for Three. Mozetich chose not to follow the standard three-movement, virtuosic showcase concerto model, instead allowing the violin a fluid relationship with the orchestra in a single movement which ebbs and flows between different tempi and atmospheres. At the end of the work, the music of the slow introduction returns. It was while Mozetich was writing this passage that he learned of the death of David Morris, to whose memory the work is dedicated.
The devices of minimalism are audibly in evidence during Affairs of the Heart - the explicitly drawn musical evolution is there - yet this is combined with a serene, graceful Romantic freedom, at times even reminiscent of Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending, which lifts Mozetich’s music beyond any hint of chugging inevitability, allowing the soloist to soar with unfettered emotion. This quality was instantly recognised by listeners to CBC Radio’s broadcast of the work. The network’s switchboards lit up, and it received many accounts of "the driveway experience"" - when listeners are so entranced by what they are hearing that they remain in their cars until the work’s end, long after they’ve arrived home.
"...Another first-rate performance rounds out a highly recommended issue, which even the most conservative of readers should urgently seek out."
International Record Review
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"The Russian violinist Roman Mints demonstrates a huge talent in this stimulating disc of contemporary works...The emotive demands of the solo part require Mints to scale vertiginous heights: as a showpiece of hysterical lament, Elena Langer’s Platch succeeds admirably...With the version [of Schnittke’s Concerto for Three] by its dedicatees Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Rostropovich currently unavailable this is a highly competitive account."
BBC Music Magazine