Release date: 18.03.2016
ECM 2327
Anja Lechner Violoncello
Kadri Voorand Voice
Tõnu Kõrvits Kantele
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tõnu Kaljuste Conductor

‘Mirror’ is the first ECM New Series album from Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits (born 1969), who emphasizes his links to his homeland’s music at several levels.

The album begins with a fantasy on a song by Veljo Tormis. Like the older composer, Kõrvits has been influenced by folk song and archaic musical tradition, which find their echo in the refined and texturally-rich spectrum of his own, labyrinthine pieces. His music is well served here by the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under Tõnu Kaljuste’s assured direction and by soloist Anja Lechner.

Lechner’s cello is foregrounded in ‘Peegeldused tasaset maast’ (2013), ‘Laul’ (2012, revised 2013) and the album’s largest work ‘Seitsme linnu seitse und’ (2009, revised 2012), a collaboration with the poet Maarja Kangro, which is both choral suite and cello concerto. In these “seven dreams of seven birds” the choir sings in Estonian and English and the cello conjures both birdsong and swooping flight. ‘Tasase maa laul’ (Song of the Plainland), a fresh arrangement of a Tormis melody has Kadri Voorand as vocal soloist, supported by strings and by Tõnu Kõrvits on kannel, the Estonian psaltery.