Erkki-Sven Tüür: Oratorio Ante Finem Saeculi/Symphony No. 2

Finlandia 4509-95579-2

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 on vinyl LP by Melodiya on C10 27187 009 in 1988. This CD reissue was 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

Oratorio "Ante Finem Saeculi" (1985) (for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra) 29:33

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

Symphony No. 2 (1986-87) (for symphony orchestra and tape) 26:45

In two sections:

1. Vision

2. Process.

USSR State Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Education / Paul Mägi

Note: performer credit on the original LP issue was the USSR State Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture.

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.

Music Publishers

Oratorio "Ante Finem Saeculi", Symphony No. 2 are published by Fazer Music Estonia.

Other Points of Interest and Links

The CD liner notes are unaccredited, but are substantially based on the original LP notes written by Tüür.

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.

The cover of the CD shown above is from the 1st edition of this release. Finlandia reissued the disc two years later in a 2nd edition with a revised cover design which you can see here.