ERKKI-SVEN TÜÜR (b.1959): Awakening for Mixed Choir and Chamber Orchestra, The Wanderer's Evening Song for Mixed Choir, Insula deserta for String Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 12N086

Label: Ondine

Reference: ODE 1183-2

Format: CD

Price: $15.98

Description: Tüür's music is almost disconcertingly eclectic, and yet somehow he manages to combine strands of musical styles so diverse that they would normally never be encountered together into a remarkably coherent whole, expressing both a sense of logical dialectic and evoking an emotional response. A brief passage near the beginning of Insula deserta provides a perfect example; a consonant folk-like tune replaces the clustered textures that had immediately preceded it; it accumulates ever more dissonant harmonies, and is suddenly an exercise in pure, pitchless rhythm. This sort of thing occurs throughout these works, one from the beginning of each past decade. Overall, the impression is of a somber and chaotic background of nature, against which the serenity of religious expression (in the chant-like passages of the choral works), or folk-music with an archaic, timeless feeling, or the mysteries and passions in the poetry set in Awakening, emerge and then recede. Every kind of scale and harmonic construct - from the simplest modality to the most complex heterophonic cluster polyphony - are to be found, but always in the service of a kind of luminous impressionism, both beautiful and moving, unpredictable and profound. Finnish-English texts. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Sinfonietta Riga; Daniel Reuss.

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