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Jens F Laurson, July 2018

Erkki-Sven Tüür’s ongoing cycle of interesting symphonies (in 2017 he arrived at No. 9) makes him—by quality more significantly than quantity—the premiere symphonist of our time. Always good for the inclusion of seemingly eclectic instruments (electric guitar, accordion, big band, percussion, tape, synthesizer) in his orchestral works, he expands the tonal palette much the same way Gustav Mahler did when he threw the mandolin or guitar or castanets or xylophones or a hammer into his symphonies, all before perfectly unsuspecting audiences. © 2018 Read complete review

Terry Blain
BBC Music Magazine, April 2015


The performance is admirably tight and well-coordinated… © 2015 BBC Music Magazine

Martin Anderson
International Record Review, April 2015

Mika Väyrynen…plays the concerto he commissioned from Tüür with evident engagement; and the Helsinki Philharmonic musicians are captured in good sound. Tüür has in common with Lindberg and a handful of other composers the ability to marry a modernist’s palette of colours with the sense of direction of classical harmony, and it is small wonder that the music of both men is played all over the shop these days. This release is a valuable addition to Tüür’s representation on CD, and I commend it to you with enthusiasm. © 2015 International Record Review

Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, March 2015

[Nguyên Lê is] in his element here, growling, moaning, shrieking, and cutting glass with abandon. UMO channels the period of Stan Kenton’s association with Robert Graettinger to perfection. In Prophecy, Väyrynen leaves the accordion’s stereotypes far behind; at times, his instrument seems to be speaking in tongues. The Helsinki Philharmonic plays well for conductor Elts… Strongly recommended, if you are an adventurous soul. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review

Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, March 2015

Mr. Väyrynen is an amazing player, and fans of the [accordion] will not want to miss this. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

David Fanning
Gramophone, January 2015

…superbly performed, recorded and annotated… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, November 2014

Erkki-Sven Tüür is absolutely an unusual, eclectic, somewhat bizarre and visionary composer…I found the Symphony No.5 especially fun to listen to. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Daniel Stephen Johnson
WQXR (New York), November 2014

Erkki-Sven Tüür’s music seizes the ear…[he] can take the sound of a choir, or the sound of a symphony orchestra, and transform it into something new…

The Fifth Symphony makes his connections to jazz and rock music more obvious, thanks to the musicians he brings into the fold, but Prophecy makes no attempt to shy away from the accordion’s sultrier pop-cultural associations as it weaves the sound of the instrument into the rich orchestral texture.

…[this] is a surprising and very different pair of works that manage to be at once bracingly cerebral and vastly entertaining. © 2014 WQXR (New York) Read complete review

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