JUKKA TIENSUU (b.1948): Tombeau de Beethoven for Clarinet, Cello, Piano and Tape, 5 pieces from Erz for Accordion, Beat for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Plus IV for Clarinet, Accordion and Cello, Rubato for Ensemble, oddjob for Cello and Electronics, Tango lunaire for Flute or Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Keyboard, Prélude non-mesuré for Piano, Asteletsa for Walking Bass Clarinettist.
Catalogue Number: 04M081
Reference: ABCD 287
Description: As usual, Tiensuu's style in these ensemble pieces is eclectic and difficult to categorize, and as usual, it remains lively and approachable, avoiding cliché on the one hand and avant-garde 'difficulty' on the other. The 'tango' sounds like a tango, and is tonal, but with instrumental effects that suggest a post-modernist composer's idea of a tango, rather than the real thing. oddjob uses electronic duplication of a busy solo cello part, turning the instrument into a virtual ensemble, while Plus IV achieves the same kind of effect with demented hocketing between the instruments; Tombeau de Beethoven uses taped fragments of Beethoven's music in a collage of live and electronically altered material. Some pieces incorporate microtonal intervals - the beat in Beat is that between adjacent tones, not a rhythmical one. The brief movements for accordion incorporate suggestions of pastiche, or parody, of popular music, minimalism and 19th- and 20th-century piano and organ music, presented with humorous acknowledgement that this isn't the sort of thing native to the instrument. Rubato - 'For any ensemble' consists of overlapping and loosely interlocking lines, suggesting similar freedom in the relationship between parts. Mikael Helasvuo (flute), Jan Söderblom (violin), Jukka Tiensuu (piano), Plus Ensemble. SACD hybrid.