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Earquake: The Loudest Classical Music of All Time / Segerstam, Helsinki Philharmonic


Release Date: 02/17/2017 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1210  
Composer:  Howard HansonTure RangströmAram KhachaturianSergei Prokofiev,   ... 
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album brings together some of the loudest, most exciting music ever written - neither music, nor your hearing, will ever be the same! The music has been arranged for continuous listening. With that in mind, three quiet "valleys" have been programmed to provide contrast with the very loud music that follows them. You may find that the contrast actually adds to the excitement. The 140-piece Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Leif Segerstram includes, among others, a 22-person percussion section, four sets of rocks hit with hammers, two heavy metal chains, anvils, steel plates, sirens, and several dozen cannon shots. The final track, Hekla, is probably the loudest single piece of music ever written. It describes, in very Read more graphic terms, the eruption of Hekla, Iceland's largest active volcano. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6: 6th movement, Allegro by Howard Hanson
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 4 in D minor "Invocatio": 2nd movement by Ture Rangström
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
3.
Gayaneh: Dance of the Highlanders by Aram Khachaturian
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942/1957; USSR 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4.
Scythian Suite, Op. 20: The Adoration of Veles and Ala by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USSR 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Prism by Jacob Druckman
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
6.
La noche de los mayas: Suite by Silvestre Revueltas
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
7.
Malambo, Op. 7 by Alberto Ginastera
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Argentina 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
8.
Nostalgic Thoughts in KAAMOStime... by Leif Segerstam
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; Finland 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
9.
Symphony no 5: 4th movement, Machine by William Bolcom
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
10.
Bacchanale by Jacques Ibert
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
11.
Belkis, Queen of Sheba: War Dance by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Symphony no 7 "Angel of Light": Come un sogno by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; Finland 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
13.
Hekla, Op. 52 by Jón Leifs
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; Iceland 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 9 Minutes 18 Secs. 
14.
Age of Gold, Op. 22: Can-can by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
15.
Aladdin, Op. 34: Suite by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
16.
Ogelala: Weapon Dance by Erwin Schulhoff
Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Finlandia House, Helsinki, Finland 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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