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Ernst Reijseger: The Volcano Symphony

By Forma Antiqva

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By Forma Antiqva. By Ernst Reijseger. Country of Origin: Germany. Jazz. Listening CD. Published by Winter & Winter (NX.910240-2).

Item Number: NX.910240-2

Composer and cellist Ernst Reijseger presents his first symphonic poem, The Volcano Symphony, written for the Spanish Baroque orchestra Forma Antiqua conducted by Aaron Zapico. It is unlikely that Antonio Vivaldi only wished to describe the course of the year in his Le Quattro Stagioni, or that Richard Strauss only had the intention of illustrating the mountain hike of his youth in Eine Alpensinfonie. Instead, both works focus also on phases and narrations of human life. Ernst Reijseger is fascinated by the unstoppable power of flowing lava, the inferno, the quiet sea of hell, the explosion of the elemental forces, and the creation of new, vigorous life. On the one hand, Reijseger describes magma and its effects, this mass of molten rocks streaming out of the opening in the earth, breaking out, destroying, fertilizing, and introducing the birth of new life. On the other hand The Volcano Symphony tells of death, love and life. Soprano Eugenia Boix embodies the voice of Pele, the goddess of the volcanoes according to Hawaiian believ. We experience a completely new sound language from a Baroque orchestra: Reijseger's composition transforms its fascinating powers of narration into an event.

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