Jukka Tiensuu: Puro

Commission: commissioned by the Finnish Broadcasting Company, 1989

26th April 1989  Helsinki (world premiere)  Finnish RSO
Cond: Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Has since become the most performed Finnish concerto after the Sibelius Violin Concerto, with most of the performances featuring Kriikku.


Performance reviews

Tiensuu has created a world of microtonality which results in a very rich-sounding orchestral texture. The long, half-improvised cadenza has become the ‘trademark’ of the work.

– Kari Kriikku on ‘Puro

But Kriikku was the magician. He produces sounds one would have not thought possible from the clarinet […]. Kriikku’s playing, and the works he played, showed just how modern music can be both of the highest quality and engage audiences at the same time.

– The Dominion Post, John Button, 22nd June 2009

Recording: released by Ondine 1989

Kari Kriikku/Jukka-Pekka Saraste/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra