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Tuur: Symphony No 5

Magazine article Gramophone

Tuur: Symphony No 5

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Symphony No 5 (a). Prophecy (b)

(a) Nguyen Le elec gtr (b) Mika Vay rynen acco

(a) UMO Jazz Orchestra; Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Olari Ekts

Ondine [F] ODE1234-2 (60' * DDD)

Faced with the unusual commission for a large-scale symphonic work for orchestra and big band, Estonia's leading symphonist decided to make things even more challenging by adding 'improvisational layers' for rock guitarist. Given his own roots as a rock musician, this was anything but an opportunistic gambit, and the unlikely mix generates the kinds of tensions --large-scale as well as on the surface--of which fine symphonies are made. This one lasts close on 40 minutes and shadows the traditional four-movement design, not out of laziness but clearly because that's what the material itself demands. The sonic components meet on the level of elementalised sound-blocks and motivic shapes, go their separate ways, clash and congeal, in ways that range from the fascinating to the downright spellbinding. …

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