Amazonia - Symphonic Poem

Early Orchestral Works by Miguel Kertsman

Amazonia/Symphonic…
Miguel Kertsman
Russell Davies / B…
17.90 € | Item is in stock.
CD MP3 WAVDetailsprelisten

Amazonia, Symphonic Poem
Chamber Symphony No. 1,
Acorda!
Sinfonia Concertante Brasileira for flute and orchestra

Composer Miguel Kertsman beckons the listener to join him on a journey. Undoubtedly, the three compositions Chamber Symphony No. 1 “Acorda!” (1995/6), and the earlier works Sinfonia Concertante Brasileira for Flute and Orchestra (1989), and Amazônia, Symphonic Poem (1987) not only are journeys for Kertsman, but also for the listeners as they are enveloped by the sounds, and the images the pieces evoke.

Miguel Kertsman Bio

Chamber Symphony No. 1 “Acorda!” transports us to a beautiful seascape in Brazil. Acorda! means “Wake-up!” in Portuguese and in this case the music calls its audience to wake-up to the world. The gentle sounds of the seashore and the populace awakening are unmistakable. The first section of the Chamber Symphony is in fact called “Awakening,” and is followed by “The Journey.” “Awakening” calls to mind the physical reactions of the senses, including gratitude for the new day, and “The Journey” is earthly in nature recalling everyday activities – the rumble of an automobile engine, traffic noises, a siren. The sonic picture is quickly transformed by the hustle and bustle of a lively beach. In “Sun and Ocean,” the third part of the symphony, the composer is recalling his own experiences: roasted peanuts; vendors walking the beach selling everything from fruit salad and ice cream to oysters and beer; the scent of suntan lotion; beautiful sights, and a symphony of sounds including the surf, a small airplane flying above, and voices of the beachgoers.

The symphony progresses to its fourth part, “Silent Meditation, Ascension.” The two female voices we hear create a wordless multi-rhythmic flow transcending the worldly setting of the beach, and transporting the listener to that spiritual place of inner exploration and contemplation. Kertsman is encouraging the listeners to engage their own sensibilities and journey to greater self-awareness. The same music that once represented “the rumble of a car’s engine” during part II, “The Journey,” is now transfigured, note by note, into a peaceful and blissful meditation in ascending harmonic cycles. The ordinary sights and sounds of our surroundings take on a new meaning. The listener’s opportunity to consider the Chamber Symphony No. 1 and its parts: the temporal, the spiritual, all of our senses called to action, opens the composer’s appeal of waking-up to our universe – Acorda! The work is scored for a “dark orchestra” without violins or higher range wood winds: two viola sections, celli, basses, oboe, clarinet, bassoon / contrabassoon, percussion, organ, contralto and soprano.

Chamber Symphony No. 1 “Acorda!” is followed by Sinfonia Concertante Brasileira for Flute and Orchestra, composed in 1989 while 23 yearold Kertsman was living in New York and writing progressive chamber jazz pieces for his ensemble, “Amazonica Universal Orchestra.” Influenced by both Brazilian music, and a not atypical young composer’s infatuation with lush 19th century Romantic repertoire, the piece begins with a quiet solo flute cadenza followed by a rhapsodic first movement developed as an interweaving set of variations on two principal themes.

Written as a cyclical work, Sinfonia Concertante Brasileira for Flute and Orchestra is performed without pause. Thus, the second movement, Largo, in the form of a traditional Brazilian Choro (meaning “cry”), immediately transports us to an introspective, somehow sad movement written on a hot summer night in New York. Kertsman was inspired to write the movement by a song he had heard as a child from his father. The words “so he sang, my beloved father, now he sings from heaven” would make their way into the score nine years later, at which time the composer’s father had passed away. During that night, in 1989, while composing the piece friends were calling and interrupting the creative process as a party was in progress, but Kertsman could not let go of the music, composing the entire second movement that evening.

It was not until over a decade later, during a summer stay in the Austrian Alps, that Sinfonia for Flute and Orchestra was completed. The third movement, “The Dumb Donkey Called Jackass,” in Rondo form, is comical in nature. Imagine a donkey, loaded with pots and pans, refusing to budge. There they are, master and donkey at a stalemate in the Brazilian “Sertões”, or backlands.

A combination of native Brazilian instruments and artifacts, the full orchestra cum Brazilian Big Band sound, some vocal work by the orchestra’s musicians, and a soloist doubling on piccolo and shouting “hey!,” all contribute to the lively and picturesque feeling of the movement. The composer seamlessly marries the symphonic world with jazz using the orchestra to participate in the comedy of the donkey, and the following introspective recollection of the previous slow movement. “The Dumb Donkey Called Jackass,” also recalls the main musical themes from the work’s first movement bringing Sinfonia Concertante Brasileira for Flute and Orchestra full circle, ending with the same opening solo flute cadenza. One can actually hear the soloist walk away from the concert hall fading in the distance. Sinfonia Concertante Brasileira for Flute and Orchestra is scored for a full orchestra (woodwinds in two) with piano and additional percussion including assorted Brazilian instruments. Chronologically, Amazônia, Symphonic Poem is the earliest of Kertsman’s three compositions presented on this album. As the title suggests, the setting is South America, specifically the Amazon, Selva Amazônica. The seeds of inspiration for this musical tribute were planted when the 21 year-old composer was flying over the rainforest. True to its title, Amazônia is an ecological call, a warning aimed to help increase awareness about the great forest and its vital importance to humanity. The piece also depicts the landscape. As the composer says, in his own words, “the music is to evoke feelings and impressions one would have by experiencing the Amazon.”

The listener experiences the composer’s vision and the recurring theme of duality – a symmetry of sounds and the expanse of the rainforest: the colors, the sounds, and the majesty that is all around. At the same time, there is delicateness in the details. One can imagine the sounds of a butterfly’s wings or a gentle rain.

Duality is also inherent in the message conveyed by the piece. Greed threatens to destroy our fragile planet – indeed a world which could easily transform itself from fragile and perfectly in harmony, to a devastating and hostile one as a result of mankind’s own doing. No one can better express the emotion of Amazônia than the composer himself:

Flying over the great Amazon in a clear day dawning is a fascinating experience. By looking down, your eyes are granted with a marvelous sight: A smooth, grandiose green carpet of life overwhelms you. If you meditate about it for a few moments, you shall soon experience a peculiar  sensation of peace and inner happiness. You are, for at least a few minutes, in harmony with nature.

The majestic forest is one of Earth’s lungs renovating and purifying our air. The mighty Amazon River and its tributaries create a dazzling network of aquatic life while irrigating the so-called “Emerald Forest.”

The wealth of life in the Amazon still puzzles scientists and makes us all wonder – there are so many societies and cultures coexisting there, making the human element another extraordinary factor. The Amazon is an entire world in itself waiting to be truly discovered. Who knows, we may yet find some of the answers to our most persistent questions in the heart of where nature fully celebrates itself.

It is not my intention to accord a fixed program to the composition. However, I would like to point out a few facts about the music and what it represents. Rather than merely rendering a musical picture of physical events and geographic locations, the music evokes feelings and impressions one would have by experiencing the Amazon. Transcending oneself into its immensity and all-enveloping horizon: The “music of overwhelming colossal areas,” the mysterious sounds of the valleys, the frenetic rhythms of its inhabitants, storms, the ecstasy and inner peace one would feel by witnessing nature’s celebration, the singing of birds, and the sounds of the great river all contribute to the impressions flowing throughout the work. The listener can compose her/his own trail of thoughts and imagery.

Man’s destructive behavior and attitude towards the Amazon create a threat not only to that environment, but also to mankind itself. Exploring new places and progress are of course important, and valid endeavors. Unfortunately, much of that is often carried out in careless, shortsighted, unsustainable ways. If our fate is to witness our planet’s continuous destruction, or an increase in mankind’s awareness and common sense – for that the conductor shall cut off the orchestra before the answer is given: Both sides are fighting and hoping for victory – the bells shall be heard … We must have hope – we cannot lose faith.

The Amazon is a true gift to mankind. Then again, not always a child, even the brightest one, knows how to make good use of a gift.
© 1987 by Miguel Kertsman
Reproduced by permission of Amazonica Music, NY
ASCAP Aurua Sounds, Ltd.

And the tolling bell which ends the piece? Is it a warning of what the future portends? Is it a plea for action? Is it a call for hope and maintaining faith? The composer asks you the listener to decide. Amazônia, Symphonic Poem is scored for a large symphony orchestra (winds in three) including an extended percussion section, piano, and organ. Adrienne Lentz

Alle Stories

Zweitausendeins Highlights

Kirill Karabits

Alinde Quartett

Henry Raudales & das Münchner...

Cicerone Ensemble

Weihnachten 2018

Mariss Jansons

John Cranko's Onegin

Paul Tortelier

Leonie Klein

Leonard Bernstein

Arvo Pärt

Nuron Mukumi

Baiba Skride

Mozart: Messe in c-Moll

Dresdner Weihnacht

Iolanta & Der Nussknacker

Jörg Widmann

Ballettmusik mit Mariss Jansons

Naxos-Neuheiten September 2018

Leonard Bernstein: Zum 100....

Die Wiener Philharmoniker...

Mozarts letzte Sinfonie

Andris Nelsons

Rudolf Nureyev

Naxos-Neuheiten August 2018

SWR Classic: Century Classics

Donizettis La Favorite

Bregenzer Festspiele-Box

Dmitri Kabalewski

Karlheinz Stockhausen - 90....

Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Live in...

Salzburger Festspieleröffnungen...

Nabucco aus der Arena di Verona

Benjamin Appl

Che Originali!

Das Land des Lächelns

Sommer-Aktion "Side by Side"

Naxos-Neuheiten Juli 2018

Adriana Hölszky feiert 65....

Edward Gardner

Angela Hewitt

Eisler-Lieder

La Clemenza di Tito

Leonard Bernstein: Haydn...

Jenny Lin

Inga Fiolia

Lucia di Lammermoor mit Editha...

Rachel Barton Pine

Naxos-Bestseller Mai 2018

Naxos-Neuheiten Juni 2018

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg...

Bregenzer Festspiele 2017: Moses...

Birgit Nilsson: A League of her...

Naxos-Neuheiten Mai 2018

Michael Gielen

Martha

Tristan und Isolde mit Birgit...

Sir Neville Marriner

Sensationelle Robert...

György Ligeti

Ö1-Pasticciopreis für "Rejoice"

NIJINSKY - A Ballet by John...

Arminio

Anthology of Russian Symphonic...

Ivan Moravec

Eric Lu

Johan Botha

James Ehnes

Gaetano Donizetti: Il...

Francesco Piemontesi

Christian Tetzlaff

Naxos-Neuheiten April 2018

Mary-Ellen Nesi

Daniel Behle in Cosi fan tutte

SWR Vokalensemble

Ivan Repusic

Magic Moments of Music: Maria...

Barry Douglas

Juan Diego Flórez

William Youn

Christa Ludwig wird 90!

Lars Vogt

Das ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester...

Ostern 2018 Neuheiten und...

Naxos-Bestseller Februar 2018

Naxos-Neuheiten März 2018

Copland dirigiert Copland

Alberto Hemsi

Antonio Rosetti: Sinfonien &...

Claire Huangci

Lukasz Borowicz

Anna Bonitatibus: en travesti

Clara Haskil

Simon Höfele

Tanja Tetzlaff & Gunilla...

Thomas Ebenstein

Iskandar Widjaja

Karel Ancerl

(NEU)

Bernstein mit Marin Alsop

Renee Fleming

Naxos-Bestseller Jänner 2018

Naxos-Neuheiten Februar 2018

Lala Vocalensemble

Münchner Klaviertrio

Canterbury Cathedral Choir

The Lovers' Garden

Bach-Projekt BR-Klassik

Gottfried von Einem: Der Besuch...

Gottfried von Einem

Claudio Arrau

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,...

Nicolas Horvath

Daniela Dessì in Fedora

Das RCO & Mariss Jansons: Mahler...

James Gilchrist & Anna Tilbrook

Mariss Jansons wird 75

Pique Dame | Royal Concertgebouw...

Kabalewski & Weinberg in...

Riccardo Chailly

So Jin Kim & David Fung

Ensemble Berlin Prag

Naxos Bestseller Dezember 2018

Naxos Neuheiten Jänner 2018

Johann Strauss and the Tradition...

Neujahrskonzert 2018

Verdi-Quartett

Minguet Quartett

Sir Simon Rattle

Heinrich Schütz

Die Glocken & Symphonische Tänze

Joy to the World

Mstislaw Rostropowitsch

Mariss Jansons Portrait

Des Königs Zauberflöte

Le Nozze di Figaro

Il Prigionero aus der Opern in...

Naxos Neuheiten Dezember 2017

Tianwa Yang

Daniel Müller-Schott

The King's Singers

Nina Stemme

I Puritani

Naxos-Bestseller Oktober 2017

Naxos-Neuheiten November 2017

Die Walküre - Osterfestpiele...

Rafael Fingerlos

Louis Lortie

Herbert von Karajan

Der Wille zum Glück...

Ernani

Äneas Humm

Don Quixote

Lucio Silla

Bernard Haitink

Jean Muller

Brahms Lieder mit Grace Bumbry

Philipp Ahmann

J. S. Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium

Marina Rebeka

Naxos Neuheiten Oktober 2017

Thomas Gropper

Tasmin Little

Trinity Boys Choir

Ivan Ilic

Markus Schäfer

Die Volkspianistin Elly Ney

Hamlet | Bregenz 2016

I Due Foscari mit Placido...

ECHO Klassik 2017

Florian Boesch

Hannu Lintu

Wladimir Dawidowitsch Aschkenasi

Wolf Harden

Tecchlers Cello

Erik Chisholm

Naxos Neuheiten September 2017

Fritz Wunderlich

Anthologie Russischer Musik

Music for Strings

A John Williams Celebration

Bo Skovhus / Stefan Vladar

Emil Tabakov

Vienna Vocal Consort

Mitsuko Shirai

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Elliott Carter

Eriks Esenvalds

Trio Alba

Zhu Xiao-Mei

Herbert Blomstedt /...

Richard Hickox

Hamlet / Bregenz 2016

Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Joseph Nolan

Paul Angerer

Ernst Ottensamer

Salzburger Festspieldokumente

Seefestspiele Mörbisch

Bregenzer Festspiele

Das Liederprojekt von Carus

Mozarts Requiem theatralisch

Georg Friedrich Händel: The...

Elbphilharmonie

Midsummernight's Dream

Gustavo Dudamel

Yuri Grigorovich

Wiener Klaviertrio

ARC Ensemble Toronto

Capriccio Barockorchester Basel

IM VOLKSTON

Lorin Maazels Mahler-Zyklus

Arvo Pärt

Die Kunst der Fuge

Amir Katz

Thielemanns Bruckner-Zyklus

Gulda plays Mozart & Gulda

Cinquecento

Delta Piano Trio

Monteverdis Madrigal Buch

Bruckner mit Franz Welser-Möst

Festkonzert Grafenengg 2016

Otello - Salzburger...

Pilar Lorengar

Niels Wilhelm Gade

Acelga Quintett

Svjatoslav Richter

30 Jahre Naxos-Jubiläumsedition

Die Sieben Letzten Worte

John Eliot Gardiner

Klassisch österlich

Händels Messiah

Blu-ray Aktion

DVD Aktion

Sacred Masterpieces

Bachs h-Moll Messe

H-Moll-Messe von J. S. Bach

Stabat Mater

Stefan Vladar

Frank Bungarten

Dorothee Mields

Ekaterina Derzhavina

Earthquake

Cedric Tiberghien

Gardiner dirigiert Mendelssohn

Charles Ives

Imogen Cooper

Krassimira Stoyanova

Kurt Moll

Shining Night

Schuberts Winterreise

Das Liebesverbot von Richard...

Elegance - The Art of

L'Orontea

Erkki-Sven Tüür

Herbert Kefer - Konzerte für...

Calmus Ensemble

Jennifer Koh

Natalie Clein

Singer Pur

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Felix Draeseke

Simone Young

Iestyn Davies

Die Brüder Nabil und Karim...

Daniel Beilschmidt

Zara Levina

Handel and Haydn Society

Wozzeck

Armida

Ulenspiegel

Marin Alsop

Boris Giltburg

Anton Batagov

Michael Barenboim

Ann-Helena Schlüter

Paavali Jumppanen

LGT Young Soloists

Alina Rotaru

Yodit Tekle zu Ehren

Hörbiografien bei BR-Klassik

Ensemble Constantinople

(NEU)

Simon Schembri / Quatuor Parisii

Antoinette Van Zabner

Rémy Ballot dirigiert Bruckner

Tamsin Waley-Cohen

Zweitausendeins Film Edition

Otto Klemperer

Christian Thielemann

Herbert Blomstedt

Philippe Jordan

Sami Yaffa

Beethoven und Mariss Jansons

Daniele Gatti

Rudolf Buchbinder

Ole Buck

James Matheson

sonic.art Saxophonquartett

Marc Lewon / Ensemble Leones

Collegium Marianum

Ernst Krenek

Weihnachten 2016

Karel Mark Chichon

Wolfgang Glüxam

(NEU)

THE WEXFORD CAROLS

Steven Osborne

Bach Erlebt VIII

Weihnachtliche Neuerscheinungen

Bestseller zur Weihnachtszeit

Vinyl for enthusiasts

Gramola Weihnachtsempfehlungen...

Weihnachtsoratorium

Blue-ray & DVD Geschenkboxen

Carus Weihnachten

Hörbücher für Groß und Klein

Luxus-Boxen

Capriccio Encore

In Memoriam Sir Neville Marriner

Emil Gilels

Simon Borutzki

Jonas Khalil

Amaryllis Quartett

Elisaveta Blumina

Nicolas Altstaedt

Rachmaninov-Zyklus mit Gergiev

In Memoriam Johan Botha

Josu De Solaun

Dimitri Schostakowitsch

Kurt Atterberg

Mariss Jansons

Joseph Guy Ropartz

John Field

Latino Ladino

Phantasm

Ruth Velten

Great Arias

I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau...

Pavol Breslik

Irish Baroque Orchestra

Leonard Berstein

Shakespeare Audio Books

LSO Percussion Ensemble

Christian Thielemann /...

EntArteOpera

Gergiev dirigiert Scriabin

Da Ponte Operas mit Nikolaus...

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari

Erik Satie zum 150. Geburtstag

Zum 125. Geburtstag von Sergej...

100. Todestag von Max Reger

Shakespeares 400. Todestag

Britannic Organ

Hermann Prey

Walter Braunfels

Per Norgard

Leif Ove Andsnes

Ravels Orchesterwerk

Howard Griffiths

ATOS Trio

Tonkünstler Orchester

Les Contes d'Hoffmann/Bregenz...

Zubin Mehta

Max Reger

Exhibition)

Michael Nyman: War Work

Dogma Kammerorchester

Sir Simon Rattle

Steven Isserlis

Cecilia Bartoli

Gergiev dirigiert Prokofieff

In Gedenken an Sir Peter Maxwell...

Osteraktion

Frank Peter Zimmermann

(NEU)

Ausgezeichnet

Friedrich Cerha

Arthaus Legendery Opera

John Neumeiers Matthäus Passion

Ostern

Neuheiten zu Ostern

Weitere Osterempfehlungen

Passionen

Passionen DVD

Ostern bei CORO

Gottfried August Homilius

Ostern bei Capriccio

Christian Gerhaher

Johannes-Passion

Jonas Kaufmann

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Best Of / 25 Komponisten

Alfred Brendel

Wolfgang Rihm

Neujahrskonzert

Bach to the Roots

Leif Segerstam

Hörbiographien

Sibelius' Geburtstags-Edition

Glenn Gould

Rudolf Buchbinder

Jiri Kylian

ART21

Der Freischütz/Semperoper 2015

Yehudi Menuhin Anniversary

Gabriel Schwabe

Elektra

Pique Dame

Paavo Järvi

Daniil Trifonov

10 Jahre Toccata

Davide penitente

Echo Klassik für "Rosenkavalier"

Albert Schweitzer

Hot Club Jazz

Lorin Maazel / Philharmonia...

Only Human

Lydia Mordkovitch

carus classics

Cosi fan tutte

Gergiev dirigiert...

Rinaldo

Kirill Petrenko

Paul McCreesh / Gabrieli Consort

Don Giovanni / Salzburg 2014

Helmut Lohner

10 Jahre Yarlung Records

Carl Nielsen

Die Singphoniker

Bang on a Can All-Stars

Thielemanns Ring des Nibelungen

Gulda Box

Pavel Haas Quartet

Kurt Weill

Georg Philipp Telemann

Kuniko

Jenufa

Marcelle Meyer

SWR Vokalensemble

And the Bridge is Love

Philharmonia Orchestra

Anderson & Roe

Miserere

William Shakespeare

El Sistema

YOM

Irnberger Supersonic-Preis

Wiener Symphoniker

Gavriel Lipkind

cantaloupe music

Wiener Philharmoniker

Richard Strauss

(NEU)

Heresy Records

The Choir Project

Pasticcio-Preis

Classic Archive

300. Geburtstag von C.P.E. Bach

Europakonzert

Erwin Steinhauer

Nina Proll & Trio de Salón

Leonhard Cohen

The Van Beethoven Code

Ottavia Maria Maceratini

Amazonia - Symphonic Poem

(NEU)

Walter Arlen - Things turn out...

Naxos Music Library

(NEU)

testseite

Empfehlungen & Angebote

Label of the month