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Guernica & Other Paintings

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>Steffens, Walter : Guernica after Pablo Picasso, elegy for viola & orchestra, Op. 32
>Steffens, Walter : Siguiriya after Edvard Munch 'Skrik' (The Cry), for mixed choir, Op. 3c
>Steffens, Walter : Pintura del Mundo (The Garden of Earthly Delights) after Hieronymus Bosch, for orchestra
>Steffens, Walter : Le Cantique des Cantiques (The Song of Songs) after Marc Chagall, symphony for organ, Op. 84

Album Summary

>Steffens, Walter : Guernica after Pablo Picasso, elegy for viola & orchestra, Op. 32
>Steffens, Walter : Siguiriya after Edvard Munch 'Skrik' (The Cry), for mixed choir, Op. 3c
>Steffens, Walter : Pintura del Mundo (The Garden of Earthly Delights) after Hieronymus Bosch, for orchestra
>Steffens, Walter : Le Cantique des Cantiques (The Song of Songs) after Marc Chagall, symphony for organ, Op. 84
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Notes & Reviews:

"The disc opens with Guernica, after Picasso. It’s a superb opening—war planes approaching and an air-raid siren all brilliantly realized on full orchestra (and apparently planes printed all over the first page of the full score: see walter-steffens.de). After a climax the solo viola enters, and the work takes on a more conventional manner. At first hearing, this was a disappointment; but on reacquaintance one can hear a procession of stylistic changes that are an interesting response to the subject. The work seems to get committed performances (as usual, I don’t have scores) and, if the viola is a trifle prominent in the mix, I daresay it was necessary. Steffens clearly composes from the heart, but he has his head screwed on, too. The disc is worth acquiring for Le Cantique des Cantiques alone, but deserves to heard by anyone remotely interested in music of the last half century." -Fanfare

"Steffens takes with utmost seriousness the transcribing of music from paintings. The results are fascinating and can hold the attention without fore-knowledge that what you hear began as something seen by the composer." -MusicWeb-International

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Recording information: St. Paulus Church, Harsewinkel, Germany (08/21/2005).



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>Steffens, Walter : Guernica after Pablo Picasso, elegy for viola & orchestra, Op. 32
  • Performer: Rainer Schmidt (Viola)
  • Conductor: János Kulka
  • Running Time: 14 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Steffens, Walter : Siguiriya after Edvard Munch 'Skrik' (The Cry), for mixed choir, Op. 3c
  • Conductor: Helmut Franz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Steffens, Walter : Pintura del Mundo (The Garden of Earthly Delights) after Hieronymus Bosch, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Klaus Weise
  • Running Time: 18 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Steffens, Walter : Le Cantique des Cantiques (The Song of Songs) after Marc Chagall, symphony for organ, Op. 84
  • Performer: Friedhelm Flamme (Organ)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary