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Erkki-sven Tüür: Flux / Geringas, Russell-davies, Vienna Rso


Release Date: 02/01/2000 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 465134   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Erkki-Sven Tüür
Performer:  David Geringas
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony OrchestraVienna Radio Symphony Orchestra Members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Of the Eastern European symphonists, the 40-year-old Estonian Erkki-Sven Tüür thus far appears to be among the most original, resourceful, and the least self indulgent. As with Alfred Schnittke, his two-movement Symphony No. 3 is a collage of musical imagery often with a sense of form that seems made up as it goes along. With Tüür, however, the character of that imagery is very much his own. While Schnittke gravitated towards dark, explosive, sardonic music, Tüür's imagery is much more crystalline, brighter in the timbre department and often kept buoyant by syncopated rhythms that suggest influences from bebop jazz. There are moments when Tüür simply seems out to dazzle, and they're so skillfully Read more built that one is grateful rather than suspicious of them. You're also glad not to be burdened by the psychic bile one hears in so many of his colleagues. That doesn't mean there's anything lightweight about Tüür or that his music lacks poetic ambiguity. At its most dramatic and descriptive, the music is never literal, and the often-jarring juxtaposition of sounds and ideas maintains an abstractness that allows a new, personal interpretation with every listening. Though the Cello Concerto is written with Tüür's typical sense of eclecticism, the music's antecedents seem more obvious and less personal and its 23-minute, single movement length is a bit long to sustain such a soliloquy-like work. Commissioned by the Ansbach Bach Festival, Lighthouse has richly textured counterpoint perhaps inspired by the baroque era, but more than that is a highly atmospheric work that, to its credit, more readily suggests Sibelius at his snowiest. Given the excellent quality of the performances and sound, there's much worth exploring here.

--David Patrick Stearns, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 by Erkki-Sven Tüür
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  ORF Studio, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Lighthouse by Erkki-Sven Tüür
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra Members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Estonia 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  ORF Studio, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Cello by Erkki-Sven Tüür
Performer:  David Geringas (Cello)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  ORF Studio, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 23 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.3: 1st Movement
Symphony No.3: 2nd Movement
Concerto For Violoncello And Orchestra
Lighthouse (For Strings)

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