26.04.–05.05.2024 / Tartu
Tempus Balticus

Sun, May 5, 17:00
Tartu University Museum

Māra Botmane (cello)
Johan Randvere (piano)
Robert Traksmann (violin)

Erkki-Sven TüürDedication (1990)

Bronius KutavičiusStasys. Eight Miniatures
1. The yellow beads, 2. Sorrow, 3. Scream, 4. Clown, 5. The triangle, 6. The bird behind the pane, 7. The cardboard man, 8. The eternal peace

René Eespere Consensus (2024, premiere)

Platon BuravickyScent of Celestial Flowers (2017)

Karmella TsepkolenkoWhere the Sky Disappears (2024, premiere)*

Pärt UusbergMeditation on Spiritual Paths (2023)

Kristjan Kõrver Trivertimento (2024, premiere)

Pēteris PlakidisRomantic Music (1980)

Dedication was written in 1990 and is dedicated to the memory of the composer Kuldar Sink.

Consensus (‘agreement, concord, harmony’ in Latin, 2024, premiere). René Eespere: I have always searched for balance and harmony in both life and art. Already Confucius taught that the most important thing for a person is to get along harmoniously with this world, primarily with other people. 

When three totally different musicians meet on stage – different ages, characters, thoughts and wishes, even different countries of origin – it forces them to find a consensus in performing a piece. The sound of different instruments and various musical imagery has to form a harmonious sound. Ideally, Consensus should be viewed as the third part of a trilogy along with the earlier Triangulum and Reditus. I hope that they will be performed together soon.

Scent of Celestial Flowers (2017). Platon Buravicky: This work was created entirely intuitively. I deliberately do not use the techniques that I usually use in my ‘real’ opuses. Here I deliberately limit myself in terms of sound aesthetics. This work is a combination of sensations – summer, lilac, leisurely time. There is no need to rush spring.

Karmella Tsepkolenko: The trio Where the sky disappears for violin, cello and piano was written in 2024 for the Estonian Music Days festival. The idea behind the work is to experience an ultimate world during war, a world beyond the horizon of reality. The opus consists of three movements which are all performed attacca. The form of the work is held together by three intermedia: the first intermedia is a cello solo, the second intermedia is a piano solo and the third intermedia is a duo of violin and piano (playing on strings).

Mõtisklus vaimulikel radadel (Meditation on Spiritual Paths, 2023). The work is based on the song Ecce venit / Psalm 94 from the album Filia sion of the ensemble Vox Clamantis and the sacred Estonian folk tune Nuta, inimene.

Trivetimento (2024, premiere) for violin, cello and piano. Kristjan Kõrver: Why is it so hard to achieve lightness? Why is the road to simplicity sometimes so difficult? It seems to me that on my creative path I have reached an approach that might be called modernaivety. Its main characteristic feature is compleximiplicity.

Johan Randvere: in recent years, our programme has always started with Tüür’s Dedication, which we dedicate to our beloved and unexpectedly departed ensemble partner Jānis. This time, our programme includes new music from the Baltic States and also several premieres, which is extremely delightful. This is, after all, the very reason why our trio was created – to perform and commission or benevolently force our contemporary composers to write trio music. And to do it regularly. And, life has shown that the most brilliant pieces remain in our repertoire: we are happy to include Uusberg’s composition from last year in our programme again.

* The completion of this composition was supported by the joint fund of Sorainen, Eften Capital, Hansa Group’s Young Musician Fund and the Estonian Composers’ Union.

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