Kõrvits: Moorland Elegies Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra & Risto Joost
- Tõnu Kõrvits (b.1969):
- 1Moorland Elegies: No. 1. Come, walk with me05:49
- 2Moorland Elegies: No. 2. Silent is the House05:57
- 3Moorland Elegies: No. 3. The night is darkening round me05:54
- 4Moorland Elegies: No. 4. Fall, Leaves, Fall05:03
- 5Moorland Elegies: No. 5. She Dried Her Tears07:19
- 6Moorland Elegies: No. 6. Moonlight, summer moonlight03:44
- 7Moorland Elegies: No. 7. The Sun Has Set05:36
- 8Moorland Elegies: No. 8. The Starry Night Shall Tidings Bring06:02
- 9Moorland Elegies: No. 9. Month After Month08:32
Info for Kõrvits: Moorland Elegies
Ondine continues its series of works by Baltic composers with a new exciting release. This disc features Moorland Elegies, a 50-minute work for mixed choir and string orchestra by Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits (b. 1969). The work is being performed by the prestigious Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra conducted by Risto Joost.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Risto Joost, conductor
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1993 by conductor Tõnu Kaljuste from the core of a student orchestra of the Tallinn Conservatory into a professional chamber orchestra. Though it is a string orchestra the best wind players from the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian National Opera regularly join the orchestra.
Since 2013/14 Risto Joost has been appointed as Chief Conductor of the orchestra. He has realized numerous projects with the orchestra including recordings featuring works by Haydn, Toivo Tulev, Mirjam Tally and Peeter Vähi. In July 2016 he conducted the first performance of Ülo Krigul’s opera Swan Bone City at the Saarema Opera Festival in Estonia.
Conductors as Kristjan Järvi, Olari Elts, Arvo Volmer, Vello Pähn, Andres Mustonen, John Storgårds, Pietari Inkinen, Okko Kamu, Juha Kangas, Jaakko Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, Terje Tonnesen, Valentin Zhuk, Daniel Raiskin, Samuel Wong and Dmitri Sitkovetsky have been working with the orchestra.
The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra regularly works with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Their discography includes numerous recordings for ECM Records, harmonia mundi, Warner Classics among others with Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum and Da pacem Domine, works by Erkki-Sven Tüür as well as Mozart and Vivaldi.
Prizewinner of the Malko Conducting Competition 2015 and Jorma Panula Conducting Competition 2012, Risto Joost has gained widespread recognition for his work both in the opera pit and on concert stage. His repertoire ranges from Baroque to the most challenging works of contemporary composers. Since 2009 Joost is the Conductor in residence of the Estonian National Opera, Chief Conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra from 2013, Artistic Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir from 2015/16 and from spring 2016 Artistic Director of Tallinn Philharmonic Society and Birgitta Festival.
Within short time Risto Joost has conducted many internationally acclaimed orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, MDR Leipzig Symphony, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony, NorrlandsOperan Orchestra, Gävle Symphony, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, Vaasa City Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Youth Orchestra, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra and the Macao Orchestra. He has also been working a number of esteemed vocal ensembles such as the RIAS Kammerchor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, SWR Vokalensemble, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.
His operatic repertoire includes L’elisir d’amore, La Traviata, La Bohème, Tosca, Carmen, Gounod’s Faust, Capuleti e iMontecchi, Wallenberg by Erkki-Sven Tüür and ballets as Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Manon, Modigliani - The Cursed Artist and others.
In the 2016/2017 season, new challenges await Risto Joost in front of Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filharmonica della Fenice and Württembergisches Kammerorchester, while work continues with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, SWR Vokalensemble/SWR Symphony Stuttgart, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. In addition, a concert tour with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir will also take place in China. At the Estonian National Opera, Risto is conducting Gounod’s opera Faust and Verdi’s operas La Traviata and Aida, while he is also the Music Director for the new production of the Marriage of Figaro premiering at the same theatre. The current season is the first one for Risto Joost as the Creative Director of the Birgitta Festival and as the head of Tallinn Philharmonic Society.
Risto Joost is one of the founders of Kamber, an Estonian artistic company which is focused on modern music theatre performance. He is also a co-founder of Baltic Studio Lirico, an international training programme for young opera singers.
His discography includes recordings by Haydn with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Peeter Vähi with the Latvian National Symphony, Arvo Pärt with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir, various recordings of Estonian music with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.
In 2016 Risto Joost received the Music Prize of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia for artistic activities home and abroad and he was also awarded the Young Cultural Figure Award of the Estonian Republic in 2011.
Risto Joost has studied orchestral and choral conducting as well as singing at the Estonian Academy of Music and received further training at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2008, Risto Joost graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with a Masters Degree, majoring in orchestral conducting with Jorma Panula.