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makes the final part of the
, a huge symphonic triptych about the life and behavior of the Sun. The first ‘panel’
depicts the birth, life and final collapse of our nearest star, the second
describes in its ultra-slow tempo the patient rise of the Sun toward midday ferocity and its subsequent setting.
, then, is a symphonic ‘portrait’ of the phenomenally hot whispy brim encircling and radiating from the Sun, a sizzling halo of electrons and photons visible only during a total eclipse.
follows the process of such totality in progress: the gradual eclipsing by the Moon – total darkness with the fierce, sparkling outer corona – the gradual ‘rebirth’ of the light toward the full glory and warmth of the Sun.
Besides the obvious astronomical narrative of the
there’s a metaphysical angle too, underlying each of the three compositions:
, in spite of its apparent energy, may be the most pessimistic of them all, epitomizing the death and ultimate annihilation of the prime source of Life itself.
is a homage to human aspiration and spiritual endurance and
ends with Hope and Glory after a journey from depression through total despair.
Super-structurally, the zenith of
makes the zenith of the entire trilogy, i.e. when the E-flat of the unison horns in
is heard, we are exactly halfway through the collected work.
Discography - Corona
Odense Symphony Orchestra
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25 JUN 2016
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Markus Stenz, conductor