Concerts

MYTHOS. Erkki-Sven Tüür 60

October 1, 2019 at 12:45 pm — Estonia Concert Hall (open rehearsal – free admission)
October 4, 2019 at 6 pm — Estonia Concert Hall (pre-concert event)
October 4, 2019 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

1st concert of the RESONANCE series

Erkki-Sven Tüür
Phantasma (premiere)   13′
Solastalgia (Estonian premiere)   18′
Symphony No. 9 Mythos   35′

VINCENT CORTVRINT piccolo flute
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor OLARI ELTS


The works of Erkki-Sven Tüür are usually premiered outside of Estonia and as one of the most performed Estonian composers, he has the opportunity to see them succeed everywhere in the world, but his pieces are born in the nature and tranquillity of Hiiumaa.

In addition to Tüür’s Ninth Symphony Mythos (2017), which was created for the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, two new works will be performed at the 60th-birthday concert of Tüür. Solastalgia will feature Vincent Cortvrint, the piccolo soloist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and one of the top piccolo players in the world, whose ‘playing, which is full of nuances and colours, and personality, which is exceptionally happy’ charmed Tüür at their very first meeting. As the most recent opus, Phantasma, commissioned by the Kymi Sinfonietta, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and ENSO, will be performed.

Olari Elts (© Katrin Viil).

Olari Elts says that Erkki-Sven Tüür is one of the best symphonists of our time in the most classic sense of the word. ‘He creates his own worlds of minimal symphonic material and has achieved such virtuosity and clarity that the interpreter will have basically no questions at all, as the score is so professional. He is a contemporary composer who has excellent command over long form and his vectorial composition method is completely unique.’

Erkki-Sven Tüür: ‘I have been friends with Olari for a long time and many orchestral works – including Phantasma – have been born under his baton. His attention to detail, amazing musical energy, and clear vision in making the sheet music sound right has deeply touched me over and over again during these years. I had my first contact with ENSO as an orchestra composer as early as in 1984, when Vello Pähn conducted my first symphony as part of the series ‘ERSO Studio Hour’. My second and third symphony, as well as Zeitraum, were premiered by ENSO. I learned a lot from these experiences. Now, it makes me incredibly happy to see that compared to a number of orchestras, ENSO can perform some of my typical tricks with ease, while others must practice these same things a lot to make them work. It truly is a joy to hear my works performed by musicians who know my sound thoroughly.’


RESONANCE concert series

I: MYTHOS. Erkki-Sven Tüür 60, October 4, 2019
Vincent Cortvrint piccolo flute, ENSO, conductor OLARI ELTS

II: AFEKT INTERNATIONAL MODERN MUSIC FESTIVAL, 1.11.2019
Kristi Mühling kannel – Estonian zither, Vambola Krigul percussion, ENSO, conductor CLEMENT POWER

III: ESTONIAN MUSIC DAYS, 3.04.2020
EPCC, ENSO, conductor KASPAR MÄND

IV: STEVE REICH, 17.04.2020
ENSO, conductor OLARI ELTS


Tickets for the concert series (four concerts): €74/€59
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Single tickets: €25/€18
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