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Erkki-Sven Tuur (b.1959): Seventh Symphony; Piano Concerto / Laura Mikkola, piano; Paavo Jarvi

Album Summary

>Tüür, Erkki-Sven : Piano Concerto
>Tüür, Erkki-Sven : Symphony no 7 "Pietas"
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür's Seventh Symphony (2009), dedicated to the Dalai Lama, is a choral symphony like no other. It is a powerful vector based work in Tüür's new compositional mode, in which the orchestra only intermittently frames and supports the voices. The texts that the NDR Choir sings include words of the Buddha from the Dhammapada but also utterances of more contemporary visionaries, from Gandhi to Mother Theresa. The Piano Concerto, like the symphony, was composed for the Hessischer Rundfunk and given its premiere at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, where this album was recorded. As Paul Griffiths notes, "The concerto is also music on two planes, now orchestra and piano, though this time both are continuous and continually in the process of meeting." Finnish pianist Laura Mikkola gives an exceptional performance, responding to the surging waves of the orchestra and the inspired direction of Paavo Järvi.

Sunday Times, 23rd March 2014
A latter-day exercise in hippie idealism? Not at all. It's an impressive, if extravagant, symphonic argument, vivid and often violent, with a huge finale.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
The combination of logic and boldness is engrossing from first to last.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
Dense, complex, mysterious, passionate, spellbinding, sometimes strage and always original, Tnnr's Piano Concerto and choral Symphony receive stunning performances enhanced by superb sound quality.

International Record Review, May 2014
Tnnr is at his most subversive in the works on this new recording...As usual, ECM's recording of these performances, which are surely the most committed one could imagine, is outstanding.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany (06/2009); HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (06/2009); Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany (06/2010); HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (06/2010).



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Works Details

>Tüür, Erkki-Sven : Piano Concerto
  • Performer: Laura Mikkola (Piano)
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (06/2009); Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany (06/2009); HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (06/2010); Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany (06/2010)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2006

>Tüür, Erkki-Sven : Symphony no 7 "Pietas"
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Notes: HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (06/2009); Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany (06/2009); HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (06/2010); Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany (06/2010)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2009