Tuesday, September 04, 2007

CD REVIEW: TŰŰR - MAGMA


From The Times

August 4, 2007

By RICK JONES

Volcanic is an apt description of percussionist Glennie’s performance of Tüür’s Fourth Symphony. She is elemental, dangerous, volatile and hot, not least in the drumkit cadenza where she powers away from the orchestra like a muscular, flailing drummer from the days of rock virtuosity. But where the rocker stays behind his kit all night, this beat poetess is soon on to a cool bongo solo and from there to hard-skinned rototoms or golden marimba, alongside the heaving, primal swell of low brass and still strings.
The disc also contains Tüür’s Igavik and Inquiétude, featuring the hard, hungry and exciting voices of two Estonian choirs. They, though, are lesser eruptions beside the live volcano of her rhythmic ladyship.

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