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ClassicsOnline Home » SEGERSTAM, L.: Symphonies Nos. 81, 162 and 181 (Bergen Philharmonic)
Castles in the air
Like a mystical Father Christmas, Leif Segerstam welcomes you to his puzzle-box soundscape where obscure animals fidget and eerie trees creak, where rainbows ripple like ribbons in the wind and the Moon plays billiards with the Earth and the Sun.
Here are three symphonies - No. 81 After Eighty, No. 162 Doubling the Number for Bergen!, and No. 181 Names Itself when Played - and how to describe them?... Well, they certainly have a hypnotic quality, which is produced by the seemingly unstructured method of composition. I suspect some listeners will find this kind of free-spirited orchestral flow intolerable; but some, like me, will enjoy falling into this swirling portal now and again to absorb the musical visions of a nomad soul.more....
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