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Erkki-Sven Tuur (b.1959): Symphony No. 5 for big band, electric guitar & orchestra; Prophecy for accordion & orchestra / Mika Vayrynen, accordion

Album Summary

>Tüür, Erkki-Sven : Symphony no 5, for big band, guitar & orchestra
>Tüür, Erkki-Sven : Prophecy, for accordion & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, April 2015
Big band, electric guitar and symphony orchestra. It's remarkable how successfully they're integrated by Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tnnr...The performance is admirably tight and well-coordinated - you can tell Olari Elts had conducted the work eight times before making the recording.

This Ondine release includes two major works from one of today's most interesting composers, Erkki-Sven Tu¨u¨r (b. 1959). Symphony No. 5, one of very few works where Western classical music is successfully combined with elements from jazz and rock, features the well-known, award-winning French jazz guitarist Nguye^n Le^. Accordionist Mika Va¨yrynen, a pioneer in contemporary accordion music, is the soloist in the composer's concerto for accordion and orchestra, Prophecy, a work he also premiered. The Helsinki Philharmonic is led by Olari Elts, making his Ondine recording debut.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
Comparisons with N°rgsrd and Aho are probably beside the point, except to say that if they are your idea od first-rate contemporary symphonist...you're likely to find Tnnr worthy of their company. And of course if you already know Tnnr, this new disc, superbly performed, recorded and annotated as it is, will be self-recommending in any case.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Erkki-Sven Tnnr's Symphony 5 (2004) is scored for big band, electric guitar, and orchestra. The structure is cyclic, with perpetual development and constant recurrences. Starting with a warping unison and a contrasting sensual chord, the motives are basically fragments of familiar types. Prophecy (2007) is a concerto for accordion and orchestra, and, as the composer says in the attached interview, there is no "light entertainment" intended. The work is also in four movements played without pause. It seems that this piece could stand as a supplement to the symphony. The motives are basically the same; the accordion easily blends in with the orchestra. The final movement is a catchy dance, ending with a thrilling stretto, in traditional concerto style. Mr VSrynen is an amazing player, and fans of the instrument will not want to miss this. Mr Tnnr is consistently an interesting composer.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (06/02/2013-06/03/2013); Helsinki Music Centre, Finland (10/25/2013/10/28/2013).


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Works Details

>Tüür, Erkki-Sven : Symphony no 5, for big band, guitar & orchestra
  • Performer: Nguyen Le
  • Conductor: Olari Elts
  • Ensemble: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (10/25/2013/10/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2004

>Tüür, Erkki-Sven : Prophecy, for accordion & orchestra
  • Performer: Mika Väyrynen (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Olari Elts
  • Ensemble: UMO Big Band
  • Notes: Helsinki Music Centre (06/02/2013-06/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2007