Eduard Tubin: Sinfonietta on Estonian Motifs; Piano Concertina; Symphony No. 7

Eduard Tubin: Sinfonietta on Estonian Motifs; Piano Concertina; Symphony No. 7

by Neeme Jarvi
     
 

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Eduard Tubin, best known as the composer of Kratt, the first Estonian ballet, was a first-rate second-rank provincial modernist. Imagine the rhythmic energy of Martinu but with less lyricism, the emotional strength of Prokofiev but with less fire, the structural cogency of Walton but less weight and you have some idea what to expect. Compared with Sweden's modernist… See more details below

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Eduard Tubin, best known as the composer of Kratt, the first Estonian ballet, was a first-rate second-rank provincial modernist. Imagine the rhythmic energy of Martinu but with less lyricism, the emotional strength of Prokofiev but with less fire, the structural cogency of Walton but less weight and you have some idea what to expect. Compared with Sweden's modernist Hilding Rosenberg or Norway's modernist Fartein Valin, Tubin's music is thoroughly enjoyable. Compared with transcontinental modernist Igor Stravinsky or pan-galactic modernist Anton Webern, however, Tubin's a bit on the light side. This 1988 disc by Neemi Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony with the "Sinfonietta on Estonian Motifs," the "Concertino for Piano and Orchestra" and Symphony No. 7 represents a fair sampling of Tubin's work. All three works are engaging, although none especially stand out. A dedicated if not always altogether persuasive advocate, Järvi makes the most of the Sinfonetta's ethnic accents, the Concertino's virtuostic contrasts and the Symphony's powerful rhetoric, and, consummate professionals, the Gothenburg players make the most of the music's bright colors, driving rhythms and well-argued forms. For fans of 20th century orchestral music, this disc will provide an answer the question 'what does Estonian modernism sound like?' If the answer to that question is of little interest to you, however, this disc may be of little interest to you. Bis' early digital sound is wide and clean but lacks depth and resolution.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/1994
Label:
Bis
UPC:
7318590004012
catalogNumber:
401

Tracks

  1. Sinfonietta on Estonian Motifs for orchestra  - Eduard Tubin  - Per Goran  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Christer Thorvaldsson
  2. Concertino for piano & orchestra  - Eduard Tubin  - Roland Pöntinen  - Per Enoksson  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Christer Thorvaldsson
  3. Symphony No. 7  - Eduard Tubin  -  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  - Neeme Jarvi  - Christer Thorvaldsson

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