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Erkki-Sven Tüür: Strata

Album Summary

>Tuur, Erkki-Sven : Symphony no 6 "Strata"
>Tuur, Erkki-Sven : Noesis, concerto for violin, clarinet & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

The powerful album 'Strata' presents large-scale music for orchestral forces from Estonian Erkki-Sven Tuur. The composer was introduced on ECM with the 1996 release 'Crystallisatio' and has come to be considered one of the most celebrated of Estonian composers - after Arvo Part probably the most widely-played internationally. This is Tuur's fifth ECM New Series album with compositions that are, in his words "abstract dramas in sound, with individual characters and an extremely dynamic chain of events; unfolding in a space that is constantly shifting, expanding and contracting."

"In his Symphony No. 6 (“Strata”) the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tuur creates kaleidoscopic soundscapes, whose shimmering timbres ebb and flow in alluring patterns, vibrantly illuminated here by Anu Tali and the Nordic Symphony Orchestra. The disc also includes Mr. Tuur’s sensual “Noesis,” featuring the clarinetist (and composer) Jorg Widmann and his sister the violinist Carolin Widmann as the excellent soloists." -The New York Times

The Guardian
The craftsmanship [of Strata] is obvious, and the textures it generates are often striking...[Noésis is] an exercise in fusion, beginning with the solo instruments as distinct musical entities, and gradually bringing them into a closer relationship. It is beautifully played

Gramophone Magazine
Like his older Estonian contemporary, Arvo Pärt, but much less austerely, Erkki-Sven Tüür seeks to communicate feeling as directly and engulfingly as possible...the elemental force with which Tüür deploys his superimposed musical layers culminates with well-nigh brutalist aggression, as if to represent some seismic catastrophe...these no-holds-barred performance should provide a mind-blowing experience

International Record Review
The performances are outstanding: Anu Tali already has a very high reputation, and this beautifully recorded and produced disc is without doubt another jewel in her crown. She and the Nordic Symphony Orchestra were made for each other

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Estonia Concert Hall (05/2007/06/2009).


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Works Details

>Erkki-Sven Tüür (Composer) (1959 - ) : Symphony no 6 "Strata"
  • Conductor: Anu Tali
  • Running Time: 32 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2007

>Erkki-Sven Tüür (Composer) (1959 - ) : Noësis, concerto for violin, clarinet & orchestra
  • Performers: Carolin Widmann (Violin); Jörg Widmann (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Anu Tali
  • Running Time: 20 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2005