Elis Hallik’s work “Firehearted” on the new album “Scroll Over Beethoven”, performed by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by maestro Neeme Järvi.
“The Firehearted was composed amidst the corona pandemic and was premiered in 2021. The work was commissioned by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra for the orchestra’s Beethoven programme, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, and is dedicated to ENSO and its chief conductor Olari Elts. The piece draws upon themes from Beethoven’s Leonore overture, the motifs of which can be heard in the strings. A reviewer from the renowned classical music website Bachtrack has described the work as follows: „Beethoven comes in and out of focus, amplified and distorted by rumbling percussion crashes. It’s witty and some- what disconcerting, as if seeing Beethoven through a magnifying lens, and displays Hallik’s virtuoso orchestral writing at its most dazzling.” CD Great Maestros, Scroll over Beethoven