Notes & Reviews:
Tallinn Mass' is composer Roxanna Panufnik's response to a request from The Tallinn Philharmonic to write a work celebrating Tallinn as European Capital of Culture 2011. It juxtaposes the conventional Latin Mass with ten new poems in Estonian by poets Doris Kareva and Jurgen Rooste. Though this version is in English, Panufnik deeply immersed herself 'in the intensely beautiful verbal and folkloric sound-world of Estonia.' All the musical ideas are inspired by Estonian culture and folklore.
American Record Guide, July/August 2014
The piece is nevertheless effective and appropriately crowd-pleasing. Estonian folk tunes are included, a particularly showstopping one in the Sanctus. Ms Panufnik is a skilled artist with deeply felt intentions, and has elicited enthusiastic performances from all involved. The messages are welcome and universal. Helpful notes by the composer.
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Works DetailsPanufnik, Roxanna : Dance of Life :: Tallinn Mass, for soprano, narrator, double chorus, percussion, kannel (or harp) & st
- Conductor: Mihhail Gerts
- Ensemble: Collegium Musicale
- Period Time: Contemporary