Uljas Pulkkis: Tales of Joy, Passion, and Love / Kari Kriikku, clarinet;

> On the Crest of Waves - Fantasy No. 1: Introduction -
> On the Crest of Waves - Fantasy No. 2: On the Shore -
> On the Crest of Waves - Fantasy No. 3: The Wind -
> On the Crest of Waves - Fantasy No. 4: Rough Sea -
> On the Crest of Waves - Fantasy No. 5: Approaching Storm -
> On the Crest of Waves - Fantasy No. 6: The Calm -
> On the Crest of Waves - Fantasy No. 7: On the Waves
> Tales of Joy, Passion, and Love - I. Tales of Joy -
> Tales of Joy, Passion, and Love - II. Tales of Passion -
> Tales of Joy, Passion, and Love - III. Tales of Love
> Verna Bloom - Verna Bloom

Album Summary

>Pulkkis, Uljas : On the Crest of Waves, fantasies for orchestra
>Pulkkis, Uljas : Tales of Joy, Passion, and Love, for clarinet & orchestra
>Pulkkis, Uljas : Vernal Bloom, tone poem for clarinet & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This world premiere recording features Kari Kriikku ("a physically flamboyant player of Olympian virtuosity" - The New York Times) as soloist in Uljas Pulkkis' both cheerful and meditative clarinet concerto Tales of Joy, Passion, and Love. The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, here led by its chief conductor Hannu Lintu, has made several award-winning recordings of contemporary music.

Pizzicato
The Finn Uljas Pulkkis (b. 1975) is a brilliant Symphony Orchestra, he has ideas and knows how to communicate. 'On the Crest of Waves' is a tone poem about the ocean, fascinated by its design and its wealth of expression. Hannu Lintu invested in total to make the play with his orchestra are excellent concise as possible.

Classical Lost and Found
The Ondine engineers turn out some of today's best sounding conventional CDs, and this one's no exception! Done on separate occasions in Tampere Hall, Finland, the recordings are consistently outstanding. They project an expansive, but well focused soundstage in one of those venues where you could hear a pin drop. Clarity is paramount with the clarinet and other soloists, including the baritone, perfectly placed and balanced.

Pulkkis' elaborate scoring covers a wide frequency spectrum and generates a considerable dynamic range, both of which will test the limits of any sound system. The instrumental timbre is musical with bright silvery highs, and gut-felt lows whenever the guy in the "kitchen department" whacks that bass drum. This is definitely a "sheep-and-goats" disc when it comes to judging new audio equipment!

MusicWeb International
Pulkkis's music is superbly crafted and marvellously scored. Here is a composer who really loves writing for large orchestral forces. The music often brings older composers to mind such as Debussy, Ravel and even Respighi. These performances and recordings do full justice to such lushly scored works. ... I found the music really well made and attractive. This is a fine release that should appeal to all with a liking for Debussy and Ravel.

The Times
If you haven't yet encountered Uljas Pulkkis, the 35-year-old Finnish composer, give this maverick's music a whirl. Tales of Joy, Passion and Love is his clarinet concerto for the insouciantly brilliant Kari Kriikku. Not only does it send the soloist whirring through melodramatic musical adventures, it also requires the orchestra's clarinets to join him in a holy trinity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Tampere Hall, Finland (2010-06-01_2010-06-02&2011-).



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Works Details

>Pulkkis, Uljas : On the Crest of Waves, fantasies for orchestra
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Ensemble: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Tampere Hall, Finland (06/01/2010-06/02/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Pulkkis, Uljas : Tales of Joy, Passion, and Love, for clarinet & orchestra
  • Performer: Kari Kriikku (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Ensemble: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 33 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Pulkkis, Uljas : Vernal Bloom, tone poem for clarinet & orchestra
  • Performers: Gabriel Suovanen (Baritone); Kari Kriikku (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Hannu Lintu
  • Ensemble: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Tampere Hall, Finland (06/01/2010-06/02/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2008