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Jukka Tiensuu: Vie; Missa

> Vie - Vie
> Missa - I. Introitus
> Missa - II. Kyrie
> Missa - III. Gloria
> Missa - IV. Credo
> Missa - V. Sanctus
> Missa - VI. Agnus Dei
> Missa - VII. Ite
> False Memories I-III - I. Review
> False Memories I-III - II. Nostalgy
> False Memories I-III - III. Trauma

Album Summary

>Tiensuu, Jukka : Vie, concerto for orchestra
>Tiensuu, Jukka : Missa, for clarinet & orchestra
>Tiensuu, Jukka : False memories I-III, for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

MusicWeb International
Until fairly recently Tiensuu's music was regarded as complex and rather avant-garde. His most recent works, however, as the ones recorded here show a greater stylistic freedom and a new compositional trend in his music making characterised by a real enjoyment of the orchestra's full register.

ClassicsToday.com
Vie, in particular, which he calls a "concerto for orchestra" (a better name than the one he ultimately settled for), marries interesting thematic material with some very distinctive scoring. In Missa, the always excellent Kari Kriikku takes the challenging solo part and invests it with an abundance of color and feeling, and the music (titles or not) is highly varied and well-contrasted. In short, this is a very appealing release for fans of contemporary music, and another important addition to the ever-growing repertoire of fine Finnish composers in the Ondine catalog.

Fanfare
The Alba CD consists of a group of shorter works for chamber ensembles of various sizes and configurations. In general, this collection displays a more playful and experimental side of the composer. But as is the case in the chemistry lab, not all experiments are successful. In my review of an earlier Alba CD of Tiensuu's music, I was confronted with "making a judgment as to when experimentation translated into true artistic expression, and when it was a self-indulgent manipulation of sound for mere novelty." An example of the kind of sound-for-its-own-sake material occurs in Oddjob, for cello and electronics, which I find difficult to listen to. But then there is the charmingly quirky music for accordion, and the skillful use of jazzy syncopated rhythm. Tombeau de Beethoven is a movingly devout homage to the great master, full of quotes, and floating along at a dreamy, deliberate pace. It is the music of an artist of our time who is not embarrassed to acknowledge the giants of the past.

International Record Review
Krikkuu's account of the solo part in Missa is astonishing, but that's par for the course with this amazing musician. Almost as ear-awakening is the whipcrack virtuosity that John Storgårds gets from his Helsinki musicians. Ondine's recorded sound is first-rate too.

The Guardian
[Missa] gives Kriikku the chance to display all his tricks, from multiphonics to multi-tonguing, and from one extreme of register to the other, with quarter tones thrown in along the way...[Vie] generates some very striking textures within a formal scheme that manages to be both satisfying and quietly unconventional at the same time.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Helsinki, Finlandia Hall.



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Works Details

>Tiensuu, Jukka : Vie, concerto for orchestra
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 18 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2007

>Tiensuu, Jukka : Missa, for clarinet & orchestra
  • Performer: Kari Kriikku (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Notes: Helsinki, Finlandia Hall (12/06/2009-12/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2007

>Tiensuu, Jukka : False memories I-III, for orchestra
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Notes: Helsinki, Finlandia Hall (12/06/2009-12/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008