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December 4 , 2007

World Premiere of Tüür's "Questions..." by the Hilliard Ensemble and the Münchener Kammerorchester

Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür whose latest ECM-release, "Oxymoron", prompted the German critic Wolfram Goertz to call him a 21st century-genius“ in the "Rheinische Post" will present his newest composition at Alte Oper Frankfurt on December 5 with additional performances to follow in Munich (December 6.), Ravensburg (7.), Amsterdam (8.) and Eindhoven (9.). Tüür’s piano concerto was premiered at Alte Oper in autumn 2006 with pianist Thomas Larcher and the Hessischer Rundfunk symphony orchestra conducted by Paavo Järvi, and the concert hall’s ongoing season started with an extensive composer’s portrait dedicated to Tüür. The new composition "Questions..." is based on interviews with the quantum physicist David Bohm about the relationship between science and the arts. Tüür who has often used Latin texts for his vocal works now felt "the urgent need to take a different approach... I did not want to use a liturgical or highly poetic text but something which on first sight might appear perhaps prosaic, yet, on a deeper level, reveals something no less significant and visionary." The 25-minute piece, set for four male voices and string orchestra, is a joint commission from the Hilliard Ensemble and the Münchener Kammerorchester who will give its premiere under the baton of Alexander Liebreich, the German conductor who has been the orchestra’s artistic director since the 2006/07 season. Liebreich’s first CD with the MKO on ECM will be released in January 2008 with a programme including Haydn’s symphonies nos. 39 and 45 ("Farewell") and the first Chamber symphony by Korean composer Isang Yun (1917-1995).