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Ernst Reijseger (b.1954): The Volcano Symphony, symphonic poem / Forma Antiqva, baroque orchestra

Album Summary

>Reijseger, Ernst : Volcano Symphony, for ensemble
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Estudio Uno, Colmenar Viejo, Madrid, Spain (06/27/2016-06/30/2016).


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Works Details

>Reijseger, Ernst : Volcano Symphony, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Aaron Zapico
  • Ensemble: Forma Antiqva
  • Notes: Estudio Uno, Colmenar Viejo, Madrid, Spain (06/27/2016-06/30/2016)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral