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Jens F Laurson, May 2018

The viola concerto, instigated by violist Lars Anders Tomter and here performed by the exquisite Lawrence Power, rises from nebulous depths and piles up dissonant planes and lines like ice sheets that are eventually broken up by percussion and the glockenspiel. The action increases in the second movement, where blocks of soloist activity juxtapose with xylophone elements. The third movement sees some vehement hammering and strenuous “violing” as if the concerto struggled to work toward the fourth-movement Finale. That’s where Power’s deeply musical virtuosity gets to shine especially, before being run down by the increasingly powerful orchestra and the concerto eventually ending—quietly, exhaling. © 2018 Read complete review

Edward Seckerson
Gramophone, May 2018

The little concerto for recorder and orchestra Whistles and Whispers from Uluru (2007) plots a course from high to low and back (via every type of recorder) and plays at combining two different but interdependent speeds—now there’s a Sibelian gesture. It’s excellently played by its dedicatee Genevieve Lacey… © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, April 2018

Three appealing works from Erkki-Sven Tüür’s vectorial period show an accomplished creator. The instrumentalists perform the music with energy, perfectly catching the intention of the compositions. © 2018 Pizzicato

Richard Hanlon
MusicWeb International, April 2018

All three of these works are mightily impressive and amply repay repeated listening; the conductor Olari Elts clearly has the measure of them, and most obviously an ear for how best to draw out the detail of the intriguing colours Tüür manages to extract from both soloists and orchestra.

The tones Power draws from his instrument are predominantly low and rough–textured, but certainly not unattractive; indeed Tüür’s orchestration is ornate and captivating. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2018

It is exactly a year ago that I made my first acquaintance on disc with Erkki-Sven Tüür, an Estonian and one of today’s interesting and innovative Baltic composers. In that review, I related that he had passed through a period heading a famous Rock group, and had now returned to his training in the world of classical music. The present disc contains three scores composed in this century, Illuminatio, being a latter-day concerto for viola and orchestra in four movements, the notes that come with the disc relating the scenario Tüür is setting to music. Without that explanation you will discover a score where a modern extension to melodic invention largely rests with the soloist, while the orchestra provide a backdrop of interesting sounds that at times submerge and integrate with the solo viola. It does not offer the soloist a virtuoso part in the usual sense of that word, though I guess it is very difficult to perform. Particularly engaging is the rhythmic complexity of the second movement, which, in old-fashioned terms, is the work’s ‘scherzo’. A quiet and slow moving third movement, gives way to a violent finale which evaporates into stillness. Whistles and Whispers from Uluru is, by contrast, a short piece for recorder and string orchestra, its title taken from the sounds Tuur relates to the sacred mountain of the Australian Aborigines. Written for the disc’s soloist, Genevieve Lacey, it explores the technical possibilities of the recorder family in the mode of birdsong. The Eighth, of the nine symphonies written to date, was completed in 2010, and is scored for chamber orchestra. In three movements, and by far the most conventional score on the disc, it is still full of interesting sonorities, many created by percussion instruments, the work as a whole marrying shimmering hues with explosive outbursts. The performances from the Tapiola Sinfonietta and Olari Elts have that feel of commitment and authenticity you require to introduce new music. The recording is superb. © 2018 David’s Review Corner

Records International, February 2018

More products of Tüür’s apparently inexhaustible compositional diversity and imagination. Illuminatio is a four-movement viola concerto with a strong sense of forward travel, a journey toward the light. At the beginning the solo viola wanders through a mysterious soundscape without form, and void; a lively, dancing scherzo sounds folk-fiddle inflected; during the final two movements the density and momentum increase until after a final overwhelming confrontation the music evaporates into ethereal light. © 2018 Records International Read complete review

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