Helsinki Chamber Choir in Kiasma, Musica Nova Helsinki, Feb 7th, 2017
In the same room, the new composition “Railo” by Tiina Myllärinen had a more spacious sound than Ligeti’s Hölderlin fantasies. Partly because Myllärinen placed the singers of the choir in four groups around the audience. Spoken and whispered excerpts, as well as reasonably loud page turns, were overlapped in the beginning a bit like in the Ligeti’s piece. Well-sounding glissando gestures in the mid-section were the culmination of the piece.
Samuli Tiikkaja, Helsingin Sanomat, Feb 9th, 2017
Pro Musica Foundation anniversary orchestra in Musiikkitalo, Helsinki, June 5th, 2014
“Traces”, a commissioned work by Tiina Myllärinen (b. 1979) opened the festivities with a passionate statement of the 2010’s. The tremor of quick and sharp sound spectrums, very demanding for the orchestra, is like our digitalized life: full of stimuli and surprises, even to the point of being aggressive at times.
Annmari Salmela, Helsingin Sanomat June 7th, 2014
And surely the choice of composer for the evening’s commissioned work had hit the bullseye. “Traces” by Tiina Myllärinen (b. 1979) started as a testimonial of modernist clichées, but there was an energy under the rough surface that effectively attracted one’s attention. In places there was an attempt for a unique expressive timbre. A name to keep in mind.
Mats Liljeroos, Hufvudstadsbladet June 6th, 2014
Ballo in Maschera (2012)
Defunensemble in Musiikkitalo, April 2nd, 2012
I liked the opening number of the concert, Ballo in Maschera by Tiina Myllärinen. By building creatively something new, it thrilled me with how the old theme from classical music was varied and was manifested in new ways. I admit to having been skeptical at first, as my mind started to go around in circles, and I had to wait long before the circle of forced repetition shattered and the composer was able to move forward with her idea. I recommend listening to this skillful composition, and the fine performance.
Mikko von Bruun, yle.fi, April 16th, 2012