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4.0 out of 5 stars Illuminated, 30 July 2011
This review is from: Sumera - Symphonies (Audio CD)
Before Lepo Sumera died suddenly in 2000 at the age of 50, he composed six symphonies, and here we have fine recordings of his first three symphonies. I suspect these works will delight some and dismay others. They are rhapsodic yet abstract, vague yet vast, spiritual in a naturalistic way. Communicating light, they are (to a certain degree) minimalist - sometimes barely a sound can be heard. For me, the motion of the music suggests *water* in all its manifestations: from clouds to droplets to trickling streams to waterfalls to surging seas to ripples to ice crystals (et al). There's a simplicity here, a lucidity, a fluid wisdom that wants to remain innocent, fresh. I believe these works are a genuine attempt to capture something unique in symphonic form. Intense, sublime, obsessive, enlightened.
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Initial post: 14 Jul 2015 21:15:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jul 2015 21:16:08 BDT
JayJayDee says:
I am delighted and cannot imagine anyone being dismayed.
I would have liked to add a review for this disc, but your reference to 'lucidity, a fluid wisdom that wants to remain innocent, fresh....'
cannot be followed.
I am absolutely captivated by all four of Sumera's symphonies that I have heard to date (5 & 6 to come). Indeed I cannot stop replaying No.2 back-to-back. It's like climbing a rock-face hand over hand with bleeding knuckles, with wonderful views in all directions, but an obsessive need to remain focussed on survival.
I was born within 12 months of Lepo Sumera and, wasting my years of decline, I feel it is a shame that he was not granted the longevity of other north Europeans. I would love to know what he would have been composing this year.
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