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  • Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Philharmonic Choir
  • Conductor: Leif Segerstam
  • Composer: Howard Hanson, Ture Rangström, Aram Il'yich Khachaturian, Sergey Prokofiev
  • Audio CD (6 April 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ondine
  • ASIN: B00000379G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 6: VI. AllegroHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 1:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, "Invocatio": II. Alla toccataHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 2:57£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gayane Suite No. 2: III. Dance of the BoysHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 1:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Ala i Lolli Suite, Op. 20, "Skifskaya syuita" (Scythian Suite): Scythian Suite, Op. 20: I. Invocation to Veles and Ala (excerpt)Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 2:22£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Prism for Orchestra: PrismHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 2:48£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. La noche de los mayas (arr. Limantour): Noche de los Mayas (Night of the Maya)Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 3:49£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Aladdin Suite, Op. 34, FS 89: VII. Negro DanceHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 4:26£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Estancia Suite, Op. 8a: IV. Malambo: Allegro - Tempo di malamboHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 3:46£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ogelala: XII. WaffentanzHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 4:16£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Nostalgic ThoughtsHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 2:19£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Symphony No. 5: IV. MachineHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 3:43£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Bacchanale (excerpt)Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 3:22£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Belkis, Queen of Sheba Suite, P. 177: II. War DanceHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 2:45£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Zolotoy vek (The Golden Age), Op. 22, Act III, Music Hall: Can-canHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 6:21£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Symphony No. 7, "Angel of Light": III. Come un sogno (excerpt)Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 3:00£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Hekla, Op. 52Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra 9:17Album Only

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam Jackson on 12 Mar 2009
Format: Audio CD
Yet another superb, heavier themed compilation to rank with the excellent Massive Classics & Heavy Classix CD's.
Sound quality is exemplary, as is the performance of the orchestra.
There are a few familiar names such as Shostakovich and Prokofiev, but also a healthy sprinkling of less well known composers which I find highly refreshing!
Highlights for me are the manic Night Of The Mayas by Revueltas, the intriguing Prism by Jacob Druckman, the really, really creepy Nostalgic Thoughts from Leif Segerstam and the 9 minute closing epic, Hekla by Leifs, which is based on the composer's memories of that volcano (Mount Hekla) erupting. And it does indeed sound like the End Of The World!
Probably the heaviest percussion (drums, anvils, chains etc) ever heard in the Classical format.
And my review title?? Seriously if you buy this, just look at the CD case, and see what is there in the spine.....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philoctetes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My copy of this rather silly concept CD had no earplugs.

I bought it to hear the only other recording of Hekla that I know to be available. I thought it was s**t. They blast through it as quick as they can. The rest of the CD is just excerpts of stuff.

For a truly inspired Hekla, follow the link:

Jón Leifs: Hekla and other orchestral works
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
essential audiophile collection 4 Jun 2008
By Ruvayn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
No guilty pleasure this! Instead of a compilation of existing excerpts (with the exception of "Angel of Light"), the estimable Leif Segerstam has seamlessly drawn together new performances with the excellent Helsinki Phil. designed to produce maximum aural excitement in minimum time. Occassionally providing a moment's breathing room (notably Jacob Druckman's lovely, ethereal "Prism"), the collection easily achieves its primary goal of achieving a palpable, triple-forte high. As for the artistic validity of the music, there are contributions here from Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Ginastera, Nielsen, and Respighi. Even the rather insane "Hekla" by Jon Leifs has its cacaphonous charms. While I usually avoid classical excerpt albums like the plague, the intelligence of selection and high level of execution plus sterling sonics behind this hourlong sort of suite, have made this one of my favorite discs of recent years.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A guilty pleasure 26 July 2003
By A. Tohline - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I kind of feel bad recommending, and with four stars nonetheless, a recording of such shameless and unartistic music. However, if you just got a new speaker system or something and need to break it in, this is your CD.
The word of the day for this CD is LOUD. Clear? Sometimes. Impassioned? Occasionally. Artistic? Rarely. But deafening with a side of deafening served with stentorian sauce? Yes, and incessantly.
If that's what you're looking for, then I suppose it should get five stars. The real caveat here is that the informational liner notes so oft-expected with classical music recordings are simply missing. There are liner notes, but any respect for the represented artists is downgraded further when sometimes the name of the piece you're listening to is unclear. The makers of this CD were so enamored with their own "Track Title"s that the real names of the pieces are often butchered.
Oh, well. This is still a lot of fun to listen to. You're just going to have to do your own research for the rest of the story.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Release Your Inner Adolescent ! 13 May 2010
By Keith Otis Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of the thing which killed classical music, I believe, was that much attention was devoted to music that was not designed to be enjoyed. Works by Anton von Webern, Pierre Boulez, Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen and others were not meant to arouse emotion of any sort; quite the opposite. They were intellectual exercises meant to be studied. Music, like detergent, was devised by new formulae: "stochastic music" and "aleatory music" and Elliott Carter's "metric modulation" and "all-interval" 12-tone chords where every interval is represented within adjacent notes of the chord. It was "high aht," and audiences reacted to this Brave New Music by voting with their feet.

Among the artistic elite in the twentieth century, it was considered gauche to present music that audiences could actually tap their feet to, but such music was being written, and "The Earquake Experience" is the finest collection of the most rousing music of the twentieth century that you'll find. It also doesn't serve the other function of classical music -- providing a pleasant and unobtrusive ambient sound while fine wine and paté is being served. No, the music on this disc is closer in spirit to rock music, and it's just as loud and raucous. Interestingly, the final track, "Hekla" by Icelandic composer Jón Leifs (1899-1968), is the noisiest, and it depicts an erupting volcano in Iceland.

The names of some composers may be unfamiliar to you, but all are worth discovering. Since purchasing this disc soon after it was released, I've become an admirer of the music of Ture Rangström (1884-1947) who wrote very stirring pieces. Of the more familiar composers, there are also some surprises. Most people associate Howard Hanson of the Eastman School of Music with his "Romantic" symphony and rather pastoral music, but the brief excerpt of his Sixth Symphony presented here shows that he could write turbulent music as well. You'll also enjoy the neglected masterpieces by Khachaturian, Prokofiev, Carl Nielsen, Respighi and Shostakovich. In fact, the only piece on the CD that I would guess most people are familiar with is the "Malambo" from the ballet suite "Estancia" by Alberto Ginastera.

It's a fine and varied selection of music for you to discover, but the CD is also worth owning because of its spectacular fidelity. Audiophiles will treasure this as a test record.

So it's enjoyable new music and great sound. What are you waiting for? Get this CD and go nutz!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Explosive CD 28 Sep 2011
By Eric - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Very interesting CD. It's like the "Thunder Classics" with more contemporary artists/music. This CD is great for drowning out the hoodlums' noise that assaults you when they pull up next to you at a stop light. Highly recommend it! I have listened to these songs for years and haven't grown tired of them. But then again that's what is so great about classical music - there is always something new to listen to - some aspect of a song that you may have missed in the past.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
To correct 18 July 2003
By Stefan Steinsson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The previous reviewer thinks that Hekla is the name of the composer who wrote this record's final track. It is not. The composer's name is Jon Leifs (1899-1968). Hekla is the name of the volcano.
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