Elis Hallik

“Elis Hallik’s To Become a Tree (2016), by contrast, is sharp and to the point, a lyrical study of the continuing conflict between the technological and the natural worlds that inspired Einar Englund’s Blackbird Symphony back in 1947. Fine sound. committed ​performances, a fascinating listen.”
Guy Rickards, Gramophone, May 2022

Written amidst the coronavirus pandemic, The Firehearted eventually premiered in 2021. Originally commissioned as part of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven programme, it draws upon themes from Beethoven’s Leonore overture. Beethoven comes in and out of focus, amplified and distorted by rumbling percussion crashes. It’s witty and somewhat disconcerting, as if seeing Beethoven through a magnifying lens, and displays Hallik’s virtuoso orchestral writing at its most dazzling.
Kevin W Ng, Bachtrack, April 2022

“Elis Hallik’s To Become a Tree (2016), by contrast, is sharp and
to the point, a lyrical study of the continuing conflict between
the technological and the natural worlds that inspired Einar Englund’s
Blackbird Symphony back in 1947. Fine sound. committed
​performances, a fascinating listen.”
Guy Rickards, Gramophone, May 2022

Written amidst the coronavirus pandemic, The Firehearted eventually premiered in 2021. Originally commissioned as part of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven programme, it draws upon themes from Beethoven’s Leonore overture. Beethoven comes in and out of focus, amplified and distorted by rumbling percussion crashes. It’s witty and somewhat disconcerting, as if seeing Beethoven through a magnifying lens, and displays Hallik’s virtuoso orchestral writing at its most dazzling.
Kevin W Ng, Bachtrack, April 2022

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