Erkki-Sven Tüür presents his new album at Tallinn Music Week

Urban culture festival Tallinn Music Week, happening now in venues across town will host one of the most renowned Estonian composers Erkki-Sven Tüür for a discussion about his new album „Peregrinus Ecstaticus“, taking place on Saturday, April 1st in Mustpeade Maja Fraternity Hall at 5 pm at Klassikaraadio Contemporary Music Stage feat. C3 Festival showcase.

Released by the record label Ondine, the album’s conception and contents will be discussed by Erkki-Sven Tüür and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s first clarinet Christoffer Sundqvist. The conversation is moderated by composer Liisa Hirsch, who received the Heino Eller Music Prize in March for the outstanding quality and success of her compositions from previous years.

The new album features a clarinet concerto, commissioned by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, called “Peregrinus Ecstaticus” (“Ecstatic Pilgrim”), which premiered in 2013 at Helsinki’s Musiikkitalos. The piece also features a piano virtuoso Christoffer Sundqvist, who has inspired many contemporary composers with his playing. Sundqvist has said that he likes the strength and expressiveness of Tüür’s music.

In addition to “Peregrinus Ecstaticus”, the album also contains an orchestral piece called “Le poids des vies non vécues” (“The weight of unfulfilled lives”), which is dedicated to the people who died in the War of Independence and the First World War. The piece was commissioned by the Belgian National Orchestra to commemorate the passing of 100 years from the biggest carnage in the human history. Pieces were commissioned from all European countries that were affected by the war’s events.

The album’s swansong is a double concerto for violin and clarinet called “Noesis”, which features Christoffer Sundqvist and distinguished Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto. The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Hannu Lintu, who has been working as the orchestra’s main conductor since the 2013/2014 season. It is also his first concert as the main conductor of Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The discussion about composer Erkki-Sven Tüür’s new album takes place on Saturday, April 1st in Mustpeade Maja Fraternity Hall at 5 pm at Klassikaraadio Contemporary Music Stage feat. C3 Festival showcase.


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