Robbie Williams’ ‘Live In Tallinn’ DVD and Blu-ray release, recorded during the 2013 ‘Take The Crown’ tour on which he thrilled a total of 1.5 million admirers, reasserts his position as the master showman and perhaps the greatest live entertainer of his generation.
• His performance on Independence Day in Estonia for 70,000 adoring fans saw Robbie give a typically blistering performance of the hits and favourites that have helped form the soundtrack of pop music over the last two decades and more. ‘Let Me Entertain You,’ ‘Strong,’ ‘Millennium,’ ‘Feel,’ ‘She’s the One,’ ‘Angels,’ the list is long.
• The new release gives us the perfect opportunity to reminisce about some of Williams’ great performances of the past — and to look at exactly how he has become the stage virtuoso we know and love. It’s a story that begins almost a quarter of a century ago in a club with very few people in it…
Mirror is the first ECM New Series album from Estonian composer Tonu Korvitz (born 1969), who emphasizes his links to his homelands music at several levels. The album begins with a fantasy on a song by Veljo Tormis. Like the older composer, Korvitz has been influenced by folk song and archaic musical tradition, which find their echo in the refined and texturally-rich spectrum of his own, labyrinthine pieces. His music is well served here by the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under Tonu Kaljustes assured direction and by soloist Anja Lechner. Lechners cello is foregrounded in Peegeldused Tasaset Maast (2013), Laul (2012, rev. 2013) and the albums largest piece Seitsme Linnu Seitse Und (2009, rev. 2012), a collaboration with the poet Maarja Kangro, which is both choral suite and cello concerto. In these seven dreams of seven birds the choir sings in Estonian and English and the cello conjures both birdsong and swooping flight.