In February 2015, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, conducted by Susanna Mälkki, performed the world premiere of The Blue Accent of Waters by Luís Tinoco, a joint commission by the Gulbenkian Foundation and the Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo State. This work was recorded live in the Grand Auditorium and is one of the four orchestral pieces by Tinoco featuring on the CD The Blue Voice of the Water, now available from the North American label Odradek Records.
All of the works on this CD were recorded live on the day of the premiere having been interpreted by different orchestras in various concert halls: Before Spring by the Symphony Orchestra of Oporto/Casa da Música, conducted by Martin André; Frisland by Seattle Symphony, conducted by Ludovic Morlot; and the Concert for the Cello by the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pedro Neves, with Filipe Quaresma as soloist.
Regarding the ambience to The Blue Voice of the Water, Luís Tinoco speaks of the presence of the ocean that he describes as “a far distant and infinite horizon”, impossible to reach out to and that reflects in some of these works “as the sounds of colour that change with different nuances”.
The CD is on sale in the Gulbenkian Foundation Headquarters.