Estonian composer, Erkki-Sven Tüür is drawn to music with an intense, energetic, transformative dimension. He began his musical activities in the late 1970s, as a leader of a prog rock band and started composing in the 1980s. He has since written nine symphonies, a number of works for symphony and string orchestra, ten concerti, a wide variety of chamber music, and one opera. Tüür studied at the Talinn conservatory of music, and now holds an honorary doctorate. He works primarily as a freelance musician and his music is widely performed across Europe.
Lamentatio is an intensely emotional response to the 1994 loss of the ferry Estonia and the hundreds of passengers onboard. Tüür was scheduled to travel on that ferry’s journey the day it sank. The writing is almost electronic at times, with subtle multiphonics, combined deftly with pure sounds. At other times, it is almost hymn-like and, at its climax, wrenchingly dramatic.