ERKKI SVEN-TÜÜR (b.1959): Peregrinus Ecstaticus (Clarinet Concerto), Noēsis (Concerto for Violin, Clarinet and Orchestra), Le poids des vies non vécues.
Catalogue Number: 03S073
Reference: ODE 1287-2
Description: Tüür's music, while always impressive and original, can sometimes seem disconcertingly eclectic - a kind of 'put everything in and see what works' approach, if you will. The two concerti, from 2012 (clarinet) and 2005 (double) noticeably depart from that model; both are relatively conventional in most compositional and technical respects, though remaining challenging and thought-provoking. The idea that the clarinet concerto represents a kind of epic journey apparently occurred to the composer as a postscript to writing the work, but it provides a good analogy for what happens in the piece. In the first movement, the lively, good-humored and loquacious - dare one suggest hobbit-like? - protagonist embarks on a quest through rapidly changing landscapes, from sunlit to ominous and brooding. Constructing a narrative around this, eventful, characterful, broadly neo-romantic music is far from difficult. The static, meditative middle movement suggests an inner journey of reflection, while the excited finale seems to depict some kind of joyous arrival. Noēsis also seems to depict a journey; in this case a mental process leading to understanding. The three-movement structure begins with a dramatic, discursive first movement, with the soloists separately espousing different views; in the second they enter into dialogue and in the energetic, very tonal third, they achieve unity. 'The weight of unlived lives' is a lament; the notes do not specify what kind of disruption or to which lives the composer had in mind, but the richly textured, rather modal piece is consistent in its dark, ponderous, tragic character. Pekka Kuusisto (violin), Christoffer Sundqvist (clarinet), Finnish Radio Symphony Orcestra; Hannu Lintu.