Erkki-Sven Tüür: Oratorio Ante Finem Saeculi/Symphony No. 2
Melodiya C10 27187 009
Oratorio recorded at the Tallinn Town Hall, Tallinn, Estonia in 1987.
Symphony No. 2 recorded at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow, Russia in 1987.
Originally released in 1988. This LP was reissued on CD by Finlandia 0630 95579 2 in 1994.
Engineer: Priit Kuulberg on Oratorio, Pjotr Kondrashin on Symphony No. 2;
Original Producer: Mart Maripuu, CD Reissue: Production Supervision by Forte Ltd. & Executive Producer: Jari Tiessalo.
All compositions by Erkki-Sven Tüür
Side A: Oratorio "Ante Finem Saeculi" (1985) (for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra) 29:38
In four sections:
Tempus I (text: Ecclesiastes)
Tempus II (text: Viivi Luik)
Tempus III (text: Viivi Luik)
Tempus IV (text:Viivi Luik & Ecclesiastes)
Vera Talesh: soprano solo, Joosep Vahermägi: tenor solo, Riho Ridbeck: bass solo.
Estonian Philharmonic Oratorio Choir & Estonian Symphony Orchestra / Tõnu Kaljuste
Side B: Symphony No. 2 (1986-87) (for symphony orchestra and tape) 26:50
In two sections:
USSR State Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture / Paul Mägi
Note: performer credit on the reissue was the USSR State Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Education.
Commissions, Dedications and Awards
Oratorio "Ante Finem Saeculi" was commissioned by Tõnu Kaljuste.
Symphony No. 2 was written for the original LP recording.
Oratorio "Ante Finem Saeculi" was awarded the Estonian Annual Music Prize in 1986.
Symphony No. 2 was awarded the Estonian Annual Music Prize in 1987.
Oratorio "Ante Finem Saeculi", Symphony No. 2 are published by Fazer Music Estonia.
Other Points of Interest and Links
The LP liner notes are written by Erkki-Sven Tüür in English, Estonian and Russian.
Although the performers of Ante Finem Saeculi are described as the Estonian Philharmonic Oratorio Choir, this is probably a slightly enlarged version of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. The EPCC list this recording under their own discography. but only as its vinyl LP version.