This release continues a series of recordings of Erikki-Sven Tuur's works. Tuur has written symphonies, concertos as well as commissions by various well-known orchestras. This album contains two concertos featuring the rising Finnish clarinetist Christoffer Sundqvist and star violinist Pekka Kuusisto together with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hannu Lintu. Clarinet Concerto Peregrinus Ecstaticus was written to a commission by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and premiered together with the soloist Sundqvist and Lintu in 2013.
It's really very interesting to see how things have changed. Of course there are still composers who believe strictly in one dogma or another, but there are many more finding their way, unafraid to use material or methods previously 'locked up' by one school or another,and yet they're not making the mu sic in a post-modern 'anything goes' kind of way-which I particularly dislike.The issue is not so crucial for me now, but you can still see that I'm open for both the Minimalist legacy and the Modernist legacy, only now the elements are not so much separated. I'm trying to make a real synthesis out of it.Erkki-Sven Tüür from the attached booket
…the treatment of the few musical conventions that still prevail provides a measure of the quality of a work of art. If a work is completely devoted to these conventions, it is worthless as a current piece of art; if it ignores them as completely, it is meaningless. Innovation in art has always entailed the gradual modification of existing forms. Erkki-Sven Tuur has absorbed the formal canon of music history, assimilated its needs and significantly enlarged upon them with out forgetting beauty of sound and the serenity of the liturgy: the Glass Bead Game and consolation. In the fine web of his musical imagination he is forever the poet. We all believe that we cannot do without poetry. Even if - like Jean Cocteau - we do not know what it is for.Wolgang Sandner from the attached booket