A Historic Post-War Gem from the LPO
22 November 2017
This is the first ever recording of Arnold’s music. The performances are exquisite and give us a unique glimpse into the rich history of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.Read more
01 May 2017
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This album is not only perfect for classical music lovers that want to try something new, but also for sci-fi fans, audiophiles and their unsuspecting neighbours who will also enjoy this musical adventure.
The music of Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür was completely unknown to me before listening to this album. Keeping an open mind, I pressed play on the first track and became instantly mesmerized by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and clarinettist Christoffer Sundqvist in their performance of Tüür’s 2012 Clarinet Concerto Peregrinus Ecstaticus.
I am immediately reminded of the great romantic symphonists, along with Gershwin and Markus Stockhausen’s opera Donnerstag aus Licht, especially the second act “Michaels Reise um di Erde” (‘Michael’s Journey Around the Earth), in which the trumpetist travels around the Earth, encountering different lands and people in an intricately staged instrumental opera.
While it is possible that Tüür was inspired by Stockhausen’s work, it is also entirely possible that this connection was not in his mind when composing this work. While listening, I am reminded also of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, simply due to the long, lazy glissandos in the clarinet. Throughout the concerto, which lasts nearly 30 minutes, many other-worldly sounds are presented, in the form of short blubbering or shrieking motifs or massive swirling clouds of sound. All the while, Sundqvist’s solo takes center stage, soaring above the orchestra. He plays in such a way that everything sounds effortless and natural, even though the concerto is a technically challenging marathon. According to the composer, the concerto is based on the idea of transcendence.
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