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World premiere in Saarbrücken: Jüri Reinvere’s “The Inner Sea” for large orchestra

Estonian composer Jüri Reinvere is celebrating his 50th birthday on 2 December 2021. In the next few weeks, three of the composer’s orchestral works are to be premiered. The Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken under Pietari Inkinen is to begin on 31 October 2021 in Saarbrücken with the orchestral work “The Inner Sea” commissioned by Reinvere. On 10 November, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra will follow with the world premiere of the work “Two Bracelets for Klara” for chamber orchestra in Tallinn. On 12 November, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, will be performing the world premiere of “Vom Sterben der Sterne” (The Dying of the Stars) symphonic notes for orchestra.

“What is important to me,” comments Jüri Reinvere, “is that all the works understand the orchestra as a large instrument that integrates the individual forces without neutralising them. In this respect, they continue the tradition of orchestral music since Rameau and Haydn but incorporate completely new techniques of sound production. I place a lot of emphasis on the fact that all works differ from each other: in basic tempo, timbre, narrative dramaturgy. As a composer, you have to be able to master different genres. That used to be the deeper meaning of a four-movement symphony. (...) “The Inner Sea” for Pietari Inkinen and the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie is very jagged, very rich in contrast and allows for many new colours and tempos.

“The Inner Sea” is an approximately twelve-minute orchestral piece commissioned by the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern. Conductor Pietari Inkinen’s starting point was the idea of prefacing Johannes Brahms’ First Symphony with a kind of prologue or introduction. Some biographical and geographical constellations played a special role in the writing of this piece. During the final work, I was on the island of Usedom in the Baltic Sea, just as Brahms had been on the Baltic Sea Island of Rügen not far away, during the final work on his first symphony. Further to which, Pietari and I come from a Baltic Sea country and a Baltic Sea town. In a way, the sea is the inner centre between the three of us. Brahms’ First is also an expression of a struggle for the symphony genre, almost the document of his birth trauma as a symphonist. With my very kaleidoscopic work, I wanted to reflect its opposite in relation to Brahms’ stormy and imprisoned symphony: The liberating and sublime of an - inner or outer - seascape.”

World premiere Jüri Reinvere
“The Inner Sea” for large orchestra
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken
Kaiserslautern; conductor: Pietari Inkinen
Auftragswerk der DRP

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