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This CD features the sensational Kari Kriikku (“a physically flamboyant player of Olympian virtuosity” The New York Times) as soloist in Jukka Tiensuu’s virtuoso clarinet concerto ‘Missa’, written for him in 2007.
This world premiere recording follows on the phenomenal success of Tiensuu’s previous first clarinet concerto ‘Puro’ (1989): dedicatee Kari Kriikku has since given a record number of 50 acclaimed performances around the globe.
Jukka Tiensuu is regarded as one of the most fascinating Finnish living composers along with Einojuhani Rautavaara, Kaija Saariaho, and Magnus Lindberg.
John Storgårds, who leads the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra as their chief conductor, has made several award-winning recordings of contemporary music.
Jukka Tiensuu: Vie
Jukka Tiensuu: Missa
VI. Agnus Dei
Jukka Tiensuu: False Memories I-III
25th November 2010
“[Missa] gives Kriikku the chance to display all his tricks, from multiphonics to multi-tonguing, and from one extreme of register to the other, with quarter tones thrown in along the way...[Vie] generates some very striking textures within a formal scheme that manages to be both satisfying and quietly unconventional at the same time.”
“Krikkuu's account of the solo part in Missa is astonishing, but that's par for the course with this amazing musician. Almost as ear-awakening is the whipcrack virtuosity that John Storgårds gets from his Helsinki musicians. Ondine's recorded sound is first-rate too.”