Wednesday, 9 October 2019

In Spe ‎– "In Spe" (Мелодия ‎– С60 19367 001) 1983

More Estonian Prog, with leanings towards the Neo-Classical trend of Estonian modern composition that augmented the record collections of many a social climber in the nineties;filed next to 'Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares' and Arvo Pärt's 'Tabula Rasa'.
In Spe contained one Erkki-Sven Tüür as composer-in-chief.Later to be seen hob-nobbing with all those serious chaps on ECM. Was even pretentious enough to use the word 'Symphony' in the titles of his neo-classical outings,including the opening suite on side one.
All that aside, this is a classic of Estonian prog, and may even be the best symphonic prog album to come out of the Soviet Union.


1.Симфония для семи исполнителей/Sümfoonia seitsmele esitajale/Symphony For Seven Performers

1a Ostium 4:27
1b Illuminatio 6:35
1c Mare Vitreum 8:30
2.Antidolorosum 4:47
3.Солнечный челн 9:00
4.Борьба сфер 7:20

1 comment:

rev.b said...

I actually have heard of In Spe, but it was so long ago I can't remember what they sounded like. It was probably back in the day when Recommended Records was smuggling stuff out of the USSR. They issued a cassette of underground Russian bands that was generally a hands-down improvement over similar western fare at the time. Everything’s better when it's clandestine, eh? I understand those pirate records that were pressed on x-rays fetch a lot of cash these days.