Magazine article Gramophone

Korvits: 'Mirror'

Magazine article Gramophone

Korvits: 'Mirror'

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Korvits 'Mirror' Korvits Reflections from a Plain (a). Labyrinths (b). Seven Dreams of Seven Birds (c). Lauld Korvits/ Tormis Plainland Song (e). The Last Ship (f) (e) Kadri Voorand sgr (acd) Anja Lechner vc (e) Tonu Korvits kannel (acf) Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; (bcdef) Tallinn Chamber Orchestra / Tonu Kaljuste ECM New Series (F) 481 2303 (63' * DDD) Recorded live at Tallinn Methodist Church, February 6, 2013

Some readers will have more experience of Estonia than I do, but fresh from a first exploration of Tallinn and the Lohusalu peninsula I was struck by the area's juxtaposition of ice-white Nordic modernity with the medieval. This recording, made live at Tallinn's angular, modernist (and white) Methodist Church, would suggest Tonu Korvits's music has that same combination at its heart.

Korvits draws extensively on Estonian folk melodies and much of his writing is shaded by Estonia's recent choral prowess, which itself has roots in the country's long tradition of massed singing. From the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and others, we now recognise the sound as a professional one: blend that hardly distinguishes between male and female voices; an ease with extremes of volume; and a rich, sonorous delivery that's a choral cousin of Leopold Stokowski's 'free-bowing' principle. …

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