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  • Performer: NYYD Ensemble
  • Conductor: Olari Elts
  • Composer: Helena Tulve
  • Audio CD (19 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM New Series
  • ASIN: B0017KUNEA
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'Lijnen' is the first ECM recording of music by the gifted Estonian composer Helena Tulve (born 1972) whose work speaks in its own unique language through a variety of chamber music settings and with a fluid approach to form, sound and sonority. As the Estonian Music Information Centre website puts it: "Her elaborate and rationally constructed works achieve exquisite expressiveness and emotional tension. [They] attest to the richness and variety of her musical experiences and interests: the French spectral music, IRCAM's experimentalism, Saariaho and Scelsi, Gregorian chant and exotic melody-designs. In Tulve's own words: "Of utmost importance to me is the extending of musical boundaries. By this I mean the extension of timbral, formal and stylistic borders as well as the opening-up of music's geographical boundaries. The latter has greatly advanced the former."

The album begins with her 'à travers' for ensemble, which attracted much attention at the 1998 International Rostrum for Composers in Paris and progresses through more recent works including Lijnen, with the wonderful voice of Arianna Savall singing the words of Belgian poet Roland Jooris, 'Öö' ('Night') with the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, and 'nec ros, nec pluvia' with the Silesian String Quartet. Both these last two groups premiered the pieces they perform on the CD.

Tulve has been closely associated with Estonia's creative chamber group the NYYD Ensemble over the last decade and they deliver committed performances of her work - among them abysses for two flutes and ensemble, and cendres - under the direction of its founder, outstanding young conductor Olari Elts. He is now becoming well-known in Britain for his performances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra of which he is Principal Guest Conductor. The NYYD (meaning 'now') Ensemble was named after the international festival of new music in Tallinn founded by Erkki-Sven Tüür, and gave its first performances in 1993.

NYYD Ensemble, Olari Elts - (conductor), Arianna Savall - (voice), Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Emmanuelle Ophèle-Gaubert, Mihkel Peaske - (flutes), Silesian String Quartet


(4 stars) Tulve is a distinctive creative voice...highly impressive of real personality and expressive depth.
-- The Guardian, (Andrew Clements), June 27, 2008

Elegantly conceived and executed...NYYD Ensemble's musicianship under Elts is evident at every turn...the sound is up to ECM's customary standards. -- Gramophone, (Richard Whitehouse), November 2008

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