Erkki-Sven Tüür
Symphony No. 5 for Big Band, Electric Guitar and Symphony Orchestra
Prophecy for Accordion and Orchestra

Nguyn Le, electric guitar
Mika Vyrynen, accordion
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Olari Elts, conductor

Crossover / Jazz


Booklet with liner notes in English and Finnish.


October 2014

Catalogue No.:
ODE 1234-2


Track listing

CD 59:36
Erkki-Sven Tr (1959-)
Symphony No. 5 for Big Band, Electric Guitar and Symphony Orchestra 38:49
1 I 8:33
2 II 12:52
3 III 5:26
4 IV 11:58
5 Prophecy for Accordion and Symphony Orchestra 20:30

Press review

Big band, electric guitar and symphony orchestra. It's remarkable how successfully they're integrated by Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür (...). The performance is admirably tight and well-coordinated.
Performance: ****, Recording: *****

Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, April 2015

The sonic components meet on the level of elementalised sound-blocks and motivic shapes, go their seperate ways, clash and congeal, in ways that range from the fascinating to the downright spellbinding (...). This new disc, superbly performed, recorded and annotated as it is, will be self-recommending in any case.
David Fanning, Gramophone, January 2015

Complete description

This exciting new release from Ondine includes two major works from one of the most interesting contemporary voices of today, Erkki-Sven Tüür (b. 1959). The album includes two works where the solo instrumentalist plays a significant role.

Symphony No. 5 is written for Big Band, Electric Guitar and Symphony Orchestra. In this recording the soloist is the world-known and award-winning French jazz guitarist Nguyên Lê. Accordionist Mika Väyrynen, a pioneer in contemporary accordion music, is the soloist in Prophecy for Accordion and Orchestra, a work which he also premiered.


Tüür's Symphony No. 5 mixes influences from various music genres in a fascinating way, it is also one of very few works where Western classical music is combined with elements from jazz and rock in a successful and profound way.


Prophecy is a concerto for accordion and orchestra with a deep mystic background, the title referring to the extremely long and rich practice of "seeing things" through the history of different cultures and traditions. The music reflects energetic leves of this phenomenom.

The new recording with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is conductor Olari Elts' debut recording on Ondine.