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makes the second installment of the so-called
(premiered January 7th 1993 in Copenhagen by The Danish National Radio Orchestra) is number one; the third and final part will be entitled
and is ”about” the ”crown” of the Sun: the ultra-hot halo encircling and radiating from the centre of the solar system itself: the Sun. Solaris. Helios.
describes the inner “life” of the Sun itself,
takes us back to Earth; the music depicts two sorts of moving towards zenith (point of culmination): quite literally the orbit of the Sun across the sky, precisely as in Carl Nielsen’s
, but here sustained over a time span of almost half an hour. But it is also a musical parable of sorts, about the archetypal, basic human striving towards climaxes, will power, vision, etc… Thereafter descent, decay, nothingness; ergo Birth-Life-Death-Oblivion, a musical/architectural arch inherent in several of my pieces (
Monodrama, Polydrama, Tundra, Throne
is an immensely slow music, of almost Oriental patience; predominatly hushed around a tonal “axis” of C sharp.
-Poul Ruders, London, February 1993
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Odense Symphony Orchestra
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25 JUN 2016
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Markus Stenz, conductor
25 APR 2002
With Solar Trilogy Ruder creates a work that succeeds to bring a force of nature, in its various forms, to sound. Solar Trilogy is a monstrous approach, far from colourful kitsch.
Sophie Fischer, Terzwerk,1/1/0001