Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Ardor [Marimba Concerto]
Olari Elts, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Pedro Carneiro (marimba)
You don’t come across marimba concertos too often in life (!), so I have little to compare this to. Tüür’s musical language is quite tricky at the best of times (to these ears, anyway), and this concerto is very much in that same ‘house style’. It’s therefore not terribly tuneful or a piece of ‘easy listening’, but it is always interesting and challenging. I like it quite a lot, anyway.