Signum Quartet

Florian Donderer  violin

Tanja Tetzlaff      cello

Harry Traksmann violin

Leho Karin          cello

Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann  piano

Fata Morgana  (2002)

Synergie         (2010)

String Quartet No 2 Lost Prayers  (2012)

Lichttürme      (2017)

ECM New Series 2666


This is a beautifully recorded disc, the performances are absolutely incredible. We´re playing here with the exploration of possible timbres that these instruments are capable of producing, and the performers excel on this. It feels like you´re sitting at the center of this musical kaleidoscope and you´re hearing all the sounds that change into new patterns and configurations around you.

Leah Broad   BBC Radio 3


Schon mit dem fabelhaft kraftvollen Beginn von ‚Fata Morgana‘ zeigt der 1959 geborene estnische Komponist Erkki-Sven Tüür, dass Kammermusik nicht zwingend Kuschelmusik sein muss. Mit Verve lotst er famose Musiker über einen aufregenden Parcours. Aufreizende Klangfarben sind das bezwingende Ergebnis.

Wolfram Goertz   Rheinische Post


(---) Erkki-Sven Tüür has drifted through the serial, minimal and “sonoristic” currents in full autonomy without ever settling on fixed formulas, so that each piece may develop a distinctive identity, occasionally ineffable and complex but nevertheless vibrant, addressed at anyone who will approach them with a welcoming disposition and free from preconceptions. In the author’s words, propaedeutic to the listening of Lost Prayers, they are “spaces of poetry, full of a wide array of everything that makes us human. There is light and darkness, pain, fury, and a touch of redeeming love”.  (---) Through Erkki-Sven Tüür’s chamber music pages a dáimōn writhes in trying to reconcile the limits of earthly immanence with a transcendent longing, painful awareness with the hidden mystery of being. After the rediscovery of Cyrillus Kreek’s ethereal chorality (The Suspended Harp of Babel, 2020), the ECM New Series welcomes back the powerful and touching work of one of the most authoritative voices in contemporary Estonian music.

Michele Palozzo   8 January 2021   Full review: