Veljo Tormis: Reminiscentiae

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra & Tonu Kaljuste

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Format: CD

Cat No: 4858891

Release Date:  15 September 2023

Label:  ECM New Series

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  028948588916

Genres:  Classical  Choral  

  • Description

    The elemental power of ancient folk music is the lifeforce that drives the compositions of Veljo Tormis (1930-2017). As the great Estonian composer famously said, "I do not use folk song. It is folk song that uses me." This sentiment is echoed in definitive performances by the Estonian Philharmonic Choir and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Tonu Kaljuste, for decades one of Tormis's closest musical associates. Four orchestral cycles celebrate the changing seasons: Autumn Landscapes, Winter Patterns, Spring Sketches, Summer Motifs. And three pieces - Worry Breaks The Spirit, Hamlet's Songs and Herding Calls - feature new arrangements by Tonu Kaljuste, continuing and commemorating Tormis's work. The album opens with The Tower Bell In My Village which Kaljuste commissioned 45 years ago. It sets words by Fernando Pessoa that seem entirely pertinent in the context of this tribute. "Oh death, it's a bend in the road/You can't be seen when you've passed by/But still your steps continue..." Reminiscentiae was recorded at Tallinn's Methodist Church in October and November 2020.

    "as Tormis himself said: "I do not use folk song. It is folk song that uses me." And here it uses him to stunning effect." - The Arts Desk

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. The Tower Bell In My Village
      • 2. Worry Breaks the Spirit
      • 3. Melancholy Songs: The Singer's Childhood
      • 4. Maidens' Sorrow
      • 5. Orphan's Lament
      • 6. Reminiscentiae: Autumn Landscapes: It is Late Summer
      • 7. Clouds Racing Across the Sky
      • 8. Pale Light
      • 9. Painfully Red Leaves
      • 10. Wind Along the Heath
      • 11. Cold Autumn Night
      • 12. Sad Purple Heather
      • 13. Winter Patterns: Winter Morning
      • 14. Cold
      • 15. Blizzard
      • 16. Northern Lights
      • 17. Spring Sketches: Spring Wind
      • 18. Buds Leafing Out
      • 19. Evening Sky
      • 20. Under the Bird Cherry Tree
      • 21. Yellow Flame
      • 22. In Late Spring
      • 23. Summer Motifs: Dry Weather
      • 24. Thunderstorm
      • 25. Summer Night
      • 26. Three I Had These Words of Beauty
      • 27. Hamlet's Songs I
      • 28. Herding Calls - Childhood