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5.0 out of 5 stars Demonstration Quality, 16 Jun. 2009
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The flagship work here is the "Magma" fourth symphony and the quality of playing and recording makes it a must for audiophiles. This is a richly scored work that seems to be driven by its own logic, like the lava flows that it portrays. The huge washes of orchestral colour are reminiscent of Magnus Lindberg's scores though Tuur's score isn't perhaps so tightly organised. Some may criticise this lack of symphonic rigour because the score relies heavily on the ever changing orchestral palette to maintain interest rather than being held together by tightly knit harmonic or melodic cells.

The symphony is essentially a large scale percussion concerto / rhapsody with an animated second section that recalls Tuur rockband background in his writing for the soloist. Needless to say that Evelyn Glennie is more than a match for the demands of the work. In spite of the lack of symphonic rigour it is an exciting showpiece.

The other works are attractive, offering a more restrained and lyrical music. This isn't "easy listening" minimalist music; the harmonies are rich and chromatic and Tuur is happy to work in a variety of styles. The music communicates very directly and I've enjoyed it very much. These smaller pieces have more than a hint of other Baltic composers such as Arvo Part or Peteris Vasks but Tuur is his own man with a strong individual voice. This recording is an absolute treat and a great springboard to explore his other works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive - challenging, 19 Sept. 2012
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The symphony - MAGMA - is a percussion-led, rock-influenced affair depicting the journey magma makes from the rumbling bowels of the volcano to the violent ejaculations to the slow-moving hazardous terrain-forming lava flows. A deep-glittering edgy work adeptly performed.
INQUIETUDE and IGAVIK (Eternity) intermix choir and orchestra in evocative ways creating varying degrees of tonality and atonality. The spirituality here seems to doubt itself causing any religious aspect to fade away into the background.
THE PATH AND THE TRACES is an eerie work for strings taking us along thorny pathways where feelings of rediscovery emerge and rise.
Overall, an attractive, if challenging, disc of modern orchestral music.
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