Tonu Korvits - Mirror | ECM New Series 4812303

Tonu Korvits - Mirror

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Label: ECM New Series

Cat No: 4812303

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 18th March 2016

Contents

Artists

Anja Lechner (cello)
Kadri Voorand (voice)
Tonu Korvits (kannel)
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Conductor

Tonu Kaljuste

Works

Korvits, Tonu

Laburindid (Labyrinths) I-VII
Laul (Song)
Peegeldused Tasasest Maast (Reflections from a Plainland)
Seitsme Linnu Seitse Und (Seven Dreams of Seven Birds) I-VII
Tasase Maa Laul (Song of the Plainland)
Viimane Laev (The Last Ship)

Artists

Anja Lechner (cello)
Kadri Voorand (voice)
Tonu Korvits (kannel)
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Conductor

Tonu Kaljuste

About

‘Mirror’ is the first ECM New Series album from Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvitz (born 1969), who emphasizes his links to his homeland’s music at several levels.

The album begins with a fantasy on a song by Veljo Tormis. Like the older composer, Kõrvitz has been influenced by folk song and archaic musical tradition, which find their echo in the refined and texturally-rich spectrum of his own, labyrinthine pieces. His music is well served here by the Tallin Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under Tõnu Kaljuste’s assured direction and by soloist Anja Lechner.

Lechner’s cello is foregrounded in Peegeldused Tasaset Maast (2013), Laul (2012, revised 2013) and the album’s largest work Seitsme Linnu Seitse Und (2009, revised 2012), a collaboration with the poet Maarja Kangro, which is both choral suite and cello concerto. In these ‘seven dreams of seven birds’ the choir sings in Estonian and English and the cello conjures both birdsong and swooping flight. Tasase Maa (Song of the Plainland), a fresh arrangement of a Tormis melody, has Kadri Voorand as vocal soloist, supported by strings and by Tõnu Kõrvitz on kannel, the Estonian psaltery.

Reviews

ECM gravitates north: to Norway for jazz, to Estonia for classical music. The label’s New Series was defined by Arvo Pärt’s sparse minimalism back in the 1980s and Tonu Korvits is the latest Estonian composer to join the fold, with photos of wintry Tallinn and cold-looking lakes in the CD booklet as if to ensure the association. The music is likewise chilly and stark but not substantial enough to clinch the slow splendour at which it aims. Conductor Tõnu Kaljuste and his Tallinn players are well versed in evoking picturesque, moody expanses, and in Labyrinths the pale strings circle and shift in and out of focus, all very icy and, at times, quite pretty.  Kate Molleson

The Guardian 8 April 2016

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