Tüür / Dean - Gesualdo - ECM New Series 2452



Following studies in Australia, Dean travelled to Germany in 1985 to join the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as viola player. In 1988 he began composing, initially as an arranger, and worked in improvisation for radio and film projects in Australia. His clarinet concerto Ariel’s Music won an award from the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers. Since 2000 Dean has lived in Australia as freelance composer. Leading interpreters of his music have included Sir Simon Rattle, Markus Stenz, Simone Young, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Daniel Harding. In addition to Carlo, works by Brett Dean include Beggars and Angels (1999) for large orchestra, The Lost Art of Letter Writing (2006) for violin and orchestra, and Bliss (2004–09), an opera in three acts. 

Erkki-Sven Tüür studied percussion and flute at the Tallinn Music School. From 1980 to 1984 he studied composition with Jaan Rääts at the Estonian Academy of Music and took

private lessons from Lepo Sumera. 

In 1979 Tüür founded the rock group ‘In Spe’. He was composer, flutist, keyboard player and singer in this ensemble until 1983. From 1989 to 1992 he taught composition at the Estonian Academy of Music. His first success outside of Estonia was in Finland (with Insula deserta, 1989). This led to a continuously growing chain of commissions from major orchestras and outstanding musicians from all over Europe, North America and Australia. 

In September 2003 Tüür was composer-in-residence at the Klangspuren Festival (Austria); in 2007 he was composer-in-residence at the Auftakt Festival of the Alte Oper, Frankfurt and 2008 he was composer-in-residence at the Davos Festival. Tüür is one  of the artistic directors of the International Festival NYYD in Tallinn and an honorary doctor of the Estonian Academy of Music.


He has received numerous awards including the Estonian Music Prize (1987, 1988), Estonian Culture Prize (1997), Baltic Assembly Culture Prize (1998), Annual Prize of the Estonian Music Council (2003) and the Annual Prize of the Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2003 and 2005). Today Erkki-Sven Tüür is a freelance composer based in Tallinn and on the island of Hiiumaa. 

His albums for ECM include Crystallisatio, Flux, Exodus, Oxymoron, Strata and Seventh Symphony/Piano Concerto

CD booklet for ‘Gesualdo’ includes notes on the compositions by Erkki-Sven Tüür and Brett Dean.