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Tõnu Kõrvits

Anja Lechner / Kadri Voorand / Estonic Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tallinn Chamber Orchestra


  • Type CD
  • Label ECM New Series
  • UPC 0028948123032
  • Catalog number ECM 4812303
  • Release date 18 March 2016

About the album

Mirror is the first ECM New Series album from Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits (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, Kõrvits 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 under Tõnu Kaljuste’s assured direction and by soloist Anja Lechner. Lechner’s cello is foregrounded in Peegeldused Tasaset Maast (2013), Laul (2012, rev. 2013) and the album’s largest piece Seitsme Linnu Seitse Und (2009, rev. 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 Kõrvits on kannel, the Estonian psaltery.

​Kopatchinskaja, Lechner en Amsterdams Sinfonietta op nieuw album Mansurian


image Het nieuwe album op ECM van componist Tigran Mansurian is net na zijn 75e verjaardag uitgebracht. “Quasi Parlando” bevat twee wereldpremières: het lyrische Romance (2011) welke is opgedragen aan de Moldavische violiste Patricia Kopatchinskaja en het expressieve Quasi Parlando (2012) welke is opgedragen aan de Duitse cellist Anja Lechner. De stukken worden dan ook uitgevoerd door beide solisten met het toegewijde spel van het Amsterdam Sinfonietta o.l.v. Candida Thompson. Tigran Mansurian Tigran ...

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