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Baltic Portraits: Tuur, Sallinen, Salonen, Part and Sumera / Paavo Jarvi

Audio Samples

>Tuur, Erkki-Sven : Fireflower, for orchestra
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 8, Op. 81 ("Autumnal Fragments")
>Salonen, Esa-Pekka : Gambit, for orchestra
>Pärt, Arvo : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
>Sumera, Lepo : Symphony no 6

Album Summary

>Tuur, Erkki-Sven : Fireflower, for orchestra
>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 8, Op. 81 ("Autumnal Fragments")
>Salonen, Esa-Pekka : Gambit, for orchestra
>Pärt, Arvo : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
>Sumera, Lepo : Symphony no 6
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Baltic Portraits is the 18th Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra release with Music Director Laureate Paavo Järvi and recorded during Maestro Järvi's triumphant, ten-year tenure as music director. The collection of live recordings features late 20th century and 21st century works by noted composers of the Baltic region in Northern Europe including Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Aulis Sallinen, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Lepo Sumera. Baltic Portraits is the second release on the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Media label, and is made possible by a generous gift from Mary Ellyn and John Hutton.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio.



Reviews

Baltic Portraits
Ostensibly a celebratory album in honor of Paavo Järvi’s decade at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, this disc offers a quintet of “Baltic Portraits,” giving non-Cincinnatians the chance to hear the sort of repertoire that Järvi has championed during his tenure. Only one of the works—Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Fireflower (2011)—was commissioned by Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony, but through Järvi’s acute understanding of the scores, he makes them his own. Tüür’s work is a rocker’s take on Debussian color, which erupts in a Buddy Rich-like drum flourish before ending on a hopeful consonance. Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten (1977) employs his tintinnabuli style to great emotional effect, while Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Gambit (1998) is a Stravinskian study in pulse, metric modulation, and orchestral color. The late Lepo Sumera’s Symphony No. 6 (2000) is a dense and complex orchestral exploration, which I’ll have to hear again. Aulis Sallinen’s Symphony No. 8, Op. 81 “Autumnal Fragments,” (2001), reflects the composer’s “fascination with compositional fragments” and is, to me, the highlight of the disc. Bravo Järvi!
Submitted on 12/06/11 by Due Fuss 
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Works Details

>Erkki-Sven Tüür (1959 - ) : Fireflower, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio (05/13/2011-05/14/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sallinen, Aulis : Symphony no 8, Op. 81 ("Autumnal Fragments")
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio (01/20/2005-01/22/2005)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2001

>Salonen, Esa-Pekka : Gambit, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) : Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten, for string orchestra & bell
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977-1980

>Sumera, Lepo : Symphony no 6
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Ensemble: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000