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Earthquake: The Loudest Classical Music of All Time - works by Hanson, Rangstrom, Khachaturian, Prokofiev, Druckman, Revueltas, Nielsen, Ginastera, Schulhoff, Segerstam, Bolcom et al. / Helsinki PO, Segerstam

Album Summary

>Hanson, Howard : Symphony no 6 "Hanson's 6th"
>Rangström, Ture : Symphony no 4
>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Scythian Suite
>Druckman, Jacob : Prism
>Revueltas, Silvestre : Night of the Mayas
>Nielsen, Carl : Aladdin Suite
>Ginastera, Alberto : Balet Suite Estancia
>Schulhoff, Erwin : Ogelala
>Segerstam, Leif : Nostalgic Thoughts
>Bolcom, William : Symphony no 5
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Bacchanale
>Respighi, Ottorino : Belkis, Queen of Sheba
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Golden Age
>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Symphony no 7 "Angel of Light 3rd"
>Leifs, Jón : Hekla, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 52
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Notes & Reviews:

This album brings together some of the loudest, most exciting music ever written - neither music, nor your hearing, will ever be the same! The music has been arranged for continuous listening. With that in mind, three quiet "valleys" have been programmed to provide contrast with the very loud music that follows them. You may find that the contrast actually adds to the excitement. The 140-piece Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Leif Segerstram includes, among others, a 22-person percussion section, four sets of rocks hit with hammers, two heavy metal chains, anvils, steel plates, sirens, and several dozen cannon shots. The final track, Hekla, is probably the loudest single piece of music ever written. It describes, in very graphic terms, the eruption of Hekla, Iceland's largest active volcano.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Finlandia Hall (01/1997); Finlandia Hall (08/1995).



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Works Details

>Hanson, Howard : Symphony no 6 "Hanson's 6th" :: Allegro
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1967

>Rangström, Ture : Symphony no 4 :: Invocatio 2nd
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Composition written: 09/04/1936-09/22/1936.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Khachaturian, Aram : Gayaneh :: Mountaineers
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Scythian Suite :: Ala et Lolly
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Notes: Composition written: 1914-15.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Druckman, Jacob : Prism :: After Cavalli
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1980

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Night of the Mayas :: 4th variation and finale
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Nielsen, Carl : Aladdin Suite :: Negro Dance
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918-1919

>Ginastera, Alberto : Balet Suite Estancia :: Malambo
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Schulhoff, Erwin : Ogelala :: Weapon Dance
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1922-1924

>Segerstam, Leif : Nostalgic Thoughts
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bolcom, William : Symphony no 5 :: "Machine 4th"
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Bacchanale
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Respighi, Ottorino : Belkis, Queen of Sheba :: War Dance
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1931

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Golden Age :: Can-Can
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Rautavaara, Einojuhani : Symphony no 7 "Angel of Light 3rd" :: Come un sogno
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1994

>Leifs, Jón : Hekla, tone poem for orchestra, Op. 52
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1961