Sven Helbig: Pocket Symphonies
Fauré Quartett, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony & Kristjan Järvi
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While Sven Helbig's Pocket Symphonies is presented by Deutsche Grammophon as a collection of lavishly produced songs in symphonic guise, the style has more in common with adult contemporary or easy listening categories than with classical music. Despite the appearance of Kristjan Järvi, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony, and the Fauré Quartet, who bring ample talent and commitment to the proceedings, the album actually consists of lush and occasionally lively instrumentals that no one would mistake for western symphonic music, except for the use of an orchestra. Helbig can't even be described accurately as a crossover artist, because he neither plays with traditional forms nor takes off from classical ideas, but is already firmly set in the sphere of modern studio music. His tracks are arranged to perfection and filled with plaintive melodies, gorgeous sonorities, and rich harmonies, but they offer nothing that suggests symphonic contrasts, modulations, or development. This is no discredit to Helbig, who composes his miniatures with professional skill and presents his themes in digestible pieces, from two to five minutes in length. The dominant mood of the album is introspective and melancholy, with some bursts of activity along the way, and Helbig's titles suggest an autumnal resignation and sentimentality that at times evoke the Romantic composers of short character pieces. This album is sure to appeal to casual listeners who like pretty instrumental music in the vein of Karl Jenkins or Ludovico Einaudi, though it is unlikely to draw in serious classical fans., Rovi
Ich würde sagen, der Spot brachte was... Hat mich direkt mal zu iTunes geführt und ich hab mir das Album gleich geholt. Mir gefällt es sehr, auch wenn es mich manchmal zu sehr an Filmmusik erinnert, und man kurzweilig denkt "Es fehlen die Bilder, die der Musik die Dramatik verleihen", bis einem klar wird, dass das kein Soundtrack ist und die Musik sich selbst tragen muss... Fällt ihr manchmal schwer... Aber alles in allem echt gut! Übrigens, wer den Soundtrack von Gattaca und A.I. mag, wird dieses Album auch mögen. ;-)
Finally classical music is taking a step ahead!
I´ve always listened to music that touches me in some way, regardless of what type of genre it was. Mainly being a fan of pop culture and independent music, I´ve always included classical music in my mix tapes - which usually came at the end because of their length and dynamics. The only alternative to set the mood and fit the tapes was film music. Now, with the pocket symphonies, a thought I always had in mind, came true! Shorter symphonies that each share with us their own universe. Thank you Sven Helbig!
Einfach mein Ding. Da hat sich jemand viel Mühe gemacht.