Program #1845

The Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Järvi’s restlessly creative band of contemporary-music renegades, is heard from a live performance at Miller Theater, performing the music of Erkki-Sven Tüür. Like Järvi, Tüür is Estonian, and his music offers an evocative and full evening of what he terms "Architectonics." As the title suggests, this series of six pieces reflect an interest in structural concerns – with jump cuts from one timbre, mood, and shape into another, sometimes in stark contrast. Such juxtapositions of musical ingredients are an ongoing theme in Tüür's work, and keep the listener constantly guessing.

PROGRAM # 1845, "Architectonics" - music by Erkki-Sven Tüür (First aired on Fri., 10/27/00)





Absolute Ensemble, directed by Kristjan Järvi

Live, Miller Theater (Columbia University), May 12, 2000

Architectonics III, Postmetaminimal Dream [9:30]
Sonatina for two pianos [7:30]
Architectonics IV, Per Cadenza Ad Metasimplicity [10:00]
Architectonics V [12:30]
Motus I [9:00]

Available recordings include the CDs Flux (ECM #1673*) and Crystallisatio (ECM #1590*), both from ; and the piece "Insula Deserta," played by the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, from the CD P. Vasks: Cantabile/Baltic Works-Vol. 2 WEA//FINLANDIA #97893**

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