About the composer
Tõnu Kõrvits was born in 1969 in Tallinn, Estonia. He is a rising star of Estonian contemporary music, with his compositions being performed more and more frequently in Estonia and abroad. He graduated from the Estonia Academy of Music and Theatre’s composition department with Raimo Kangro in 1994 and a master’s programme with Professor Jaan Rääts in 1999. During his studies he also participated in master courses for young arrangers with the Metropole orchestra and conductor Vince Mendoza (Hilversum, Holland, 1997) and in the master class of composer Stephen Montague (Gdansk, Poland 1998). Since 2001 he has been a lecturer of composition and instrumentation at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. He has been a member of the Estonian Composers’ Union since 1994. (From the CD booklet)
About the Stabat Mater
Tenor and Mixed Choir
Tõnu Kõrvits' Stabat Mater has incorporated oriental-leaning tonal colours from the folk traditions of homeland into music that more broadly stalks the world of cluster chords and softly unresolved dissonances... Particularly striking is the downward-swooping Amen at the close. (From the CD-booklet)
Only 12 stanzas are sung: 1 - 10 and 19 - 20.
Information about the recording
|CD1:||COR16127 Spirit, Strength & Sorrow|
This CD, Spirit, Strength & Sorrow is the result of the Sixteen’s third major commissioning collaboration and features three new Stabat Mater compositions, by Alissa Firsova, Tõnu Kõrvits and Matthew Martin.
Mark Dobell, tenor
Plainsong Stabat Mater