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Tiensuu / Plus Ensemble


Release Date: 03/08/2011 
Label:  Alba   Catalog #: 287   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jukka Tiensuu
Performer:  Mikael HelasvuoJan SöderblomJukka TiensuuErkki Lahesmaa,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plus Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

TIENSUU Tango lunaire. Oddjob. Plus IV. Prélude non-mesuré. Beat. Erz: selections. Rubato. Asteletsa. Tombeau de Beethoven • Plus Ens • ALBA ABCD 287 (78:46)

"The music of Northern Europe has always tended to be of a conservative nature, Brahms being a kind of patron saint. But a new generation of composers has shed much of the stodginess of the region, including such figures as Finland’s Magnus Lindberg, the Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, and another Finn, Jukka Tiensuu. Tiensuu is no lad; he emerged as a new figure on the Finnish scene in the 1970s. He was an early adopter of the then novel concept that a composer need not choose a specific academic musical language to work in and then stick
Read more to it. As is now commonplace, Tiensuu has long embraced an eclectic range of techniques and styles in his writing. He can sound brashly modernistic, and then, a moment later, lushly expressive.

The Alba CD consists of a group of short...works for chamber ensembles of various sizes and configurations. In general, this collection displays a...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."

FANFARE: Peter Burwasser
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tango Lunaire, for oboe/flute, clarinet, violin, cello & keyboard by Jukka Tiensuu
Performer:  Mikael Helasvuo (Flute), Jan Söderblom (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plus Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 09/08/2008 
Venue:  Järvenpää Hall, Finland 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Oddjob by Jukka Tiensuu
Performer:  Jukka Tiensuu (Electronics), Erkki Lahesmaa (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plus Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; Finland 
Date of Recording: 09/08/2008 
Venue:  Järvenpää Hall, Finland 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
3.
Plus IV, for clarinet, accordion & cello by Jukka Tiensuu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plus Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Tapiola Hall 
Length: 10 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4.
Prélude Non-Mesuré, for piano by Jukka Tiensuu
Performer:  Jukka Tiensuu (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plus Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Tapiola Hall 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5.
Beat, for clarinet, cello & piano by Jukka Tiensuu
Performer:  Christoffer Sundqvist (Clarinet), Erkki Lahesmaa (Cello), Jukka Tiensuu (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plus Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Tapiola Hall 
Length: 12 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
Erz by Jukka Tiensuu
Performer:  Mikko Luoma (Accordion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plus Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006 
Date of Recording: 09/08/2008 
Venue:  Järvenpää Hall, Finland 
Length: 12 Minutes 35 Secs. 
7.
Rubato, for ensemble by Jukka Tiensuu
Performer:  Jan Söderblom (Violin), Mikael Helasvuo (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plus Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 09/08/2008 
Venue:  Järvenpää Hall, Finland 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 
8.
Asteletsa, for bass clarinet by Jukka Tiensuu
Performer:  Christoffer Sundqvist (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plus Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 09/08/2008 
Venue:  Järvenpää Hall, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
9.
Tombeau de Beethoven, for clarinet, cello, piano & tape by Jukka Tiensuu
Performer:  Jukka Tiensuu (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Plus Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Tapiola Hall 
Length: 11 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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