Tüür: Peregrinus ecstaticus - Le poids des vies non vécues - Noēsis Christoffer Sundqvist, Pekka Kuusisto, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra & Hannu Lintu
- Erkki-Sven Tüür (1959): Clarinet Concerto Peregrinus ecstaticus:
- 1I. —11:11
- 2II. —07:39
- 3III. —06:13
- 4Le poids des vies non vécues11:41
- Concerto for Violin, Clarinet & Orchestra Noēsis:
- 5I. —10:04
- 6II. —06:58
- 7III. —03:35
Info for Tüür: Peregrinus ecstaticus - Le poids des vies non vécues - Noēsis
This release continues a series of recordings of Erikki-Sven Tuur's works. Tuur has written symphonies, concertos as well as commissions by various well-known orchestras. This album contains two concertos featuring the rising Finnish clarinetist Christoffer Sundqvist and star violinist Pekka Kuusisto together with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hannu Lintu. Clarinet Concerto Peregrinus Ecstaticus was written to a commission by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and premiered together with the soloist Sundqvist and Lintu in 2013. The Latin title of this concerto suggest a pilgrimage. Tuur gave the following description of the work "Imagine a pilgrim's quest, full of obstacles and hazards, towards his desired goal - his perseverance and vigor alternating with exhaustion and fatigue - conquering actual physical obstacles combined with spiritual struggles...However, this composition is not an attempt to describe such a journey. On the most abstract level, this is the very hourney. I came up with this story and the title of the piece after I had already finished the score. Thus, this is not a program music. I would be delighted if this piece inspired listeners to create their own 'stories', in the hope that the music touches the creative core of the audience."
Christoffer Sunqvist, clarinet
Pekka Kuusisto, violin
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hannu Lintu, conductor
(b. 1978) began his clarinet studies with Bernhard Nylund at the Pietarsaari Conservatory. He completed his diploma examination with Anna-Maija Korsimaa at the Sibelius Academy in 2002 and went on to study with Professor François Benda at the Basel Music Academy. He has also attended masterclasses given by Hans Rudolf Stalder, Guy Deplus, Charles Neidich and Ronald van Spaendonck, and he has studied chamber music with a number of distinguished musicians. He won shared first prize at the Crusell Clarinet Competition in 2002. He has also received the Pro Musica medal and first prize in the Juvenalia chamber music competition in Espoo.
Christoffer Sundqvist was nominated débutant of the year by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2004. In recent years he has appeared as soloist with nearly every Finnish orchestra. His foreign appearances include those with BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel and the St Christopher Chamber Orchestra in Lithuania. He has worked with conductors such as Jukka-Pekka Saraste, John Storgårds, Sakari Oramo, Okko Kamu, Juha Kangas and Hannu Lintu. Sundqvist is a regural guest in European festivals. He has appeared in many European festivals, Warsaw Autumn, Fürstensaal Classix in Kempten, Märzmusik in Berlin and West Cork –festival among others.
Sundqvist is an active chamber musician, being a founding member of the Arktinen hysteria (‘Arctic hysteria’) wind quintet and a member of the Plus Ensemble based in Turku. He has also appeared in Finland and abroad with the Danel Quartet, Kodály Quartet, the New Helsinki Quartet, the Tempera Quartet, Bella Davidovich, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Herve Joulain, Niek de Groot, Pekka Kuusisto, Sakari Oramo, Paavali Jumppanen and Philippe Graffin. Since 2013 Sundqvist has been the artistic leader of Jakobstads Sinfonietta and Rusk –festival.
In summer 2007, he appeared at a concert of chamber music by Magnus Lindberg at the Helsinki Festival and in Spring 2008 he premiered the clarinet trio by Magnus Lindberg in Helsinki. In season 2007-2008, he appeared at the 35th anniversary concert of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and premiered the Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola by Aulis Sallinen together with Tommi Aalto. Christoffer Sundqvist has given the world premieres of Clarinet Concertos by Markus Fagerudd and Sebastian Fagerlund. With his chamber music ensembles, he has premiered numerous new Finnish works by P.H. Nordgren, Sampo Haapamäki, Atso Almila and others. Sundqvist is an active partner to Sebastian Fagerlund. Among the Clarinet concerto he has premiered the Trio (2010) and Sonata (2011) from Fagerlund.
Sundqvist records for BIS and Alba –labels. Recent recordings include the Clarinet concerto from Fagerlund with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra to BIS which has claimed a lot of international recognition and awarded with EMMA -price, recording of concertos by Peter Eötvös and Aulis Sallinen to Alba and recording of Jukka Tiensuu’s works with Plus Ensemble to Alba. The recording with Plus Ensemble received the classical EMMA –price in Finland.
He has played principal clarinet with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2005. Christoffer Sundqvist teaches clarinet at the Sibelius Academy and gives master courses on regular basis.