Korvits – Moor­land Elegies

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 8/FILM - DAVID DENTON

Us­ing Emily Brontë’s nine po­ems that form Moor­land Elegies, the Es­to­nian com­poser, Tonu Korvits, has cre­ated a choral work that re­flects Brontë’s pictures of love, de­spair and death with the York­shire Moors as the back­drop. Com­pleted two years ago this is mu­sic of our time with more than a hint of Vaughan Wil­liams, the nine po­ems em­ploy­ing a mixed cho­rus and cham­ber or­ches­tra en­tirely of strings. It is an ex­tended score last­ing around 55 min­utes and here en­joys a per­for­mance of ever-chang­ing moods from the fab­u­lous Es­to­nian Phil­har­monic Cham­ber Choir, and the equally out­stand­ing Tallinn Cham­ber Or­ches­tra con­ducted by the young, Risto Joost. Add top qual­ity recorded sound and you have a hugely rec­om­mended re­lease.

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