Walden - Heiner Goebbels

by Ensemble Klang with Keir Neuringer

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The House 04:17
The Ponds 09:33
Reading 05:30
The Ice List 03:14
Spring 17:25


Heiner Goebbels’ Walden sculpts a set of musical landscapes after the eponymous novel by 19th century naturalist Henry David Thoreau, a grandfather of both modern environmentalism and civil disobedience. Thoreau's experiment of living by Walden Pond — where civilization appeared only as the distant sound of a railroad — propagated a radical, solitary, spartan individualism promising a simple harmony with nature.

Conceived as a counterpoint to the metropolitan images of his earlier work Surrogate Cities, Heiner Goebbels originally composed Walden in 1998 for the Ensemble Modern Orchestra (the ensemble version on this disc dating to 2008). But Walden drifts away from a traditional orchestral soundworld, relying on a number of specially-built instruments to create vibrant and unreal sounds, principally the 'steel cello' and 'bow chimes' designed by American painter, sculptor and musician Bob Rutman, to whom the work is dedicated.


released November 5, 2013

Keir Neuringer, narrator, saxophone
Michiel van Dijk, reeds
Erik-Jan de With, reeds
Anton van Houten, trombone
Joey Marijs, percussion
Pete Harden, guitars
Saskia Lankhoorn, piano, keyboard
Vera van der Bie, violin
Maximilian Haft, violin
Max Knigge, viola
Esther Torrenga, cello
Brice Soniano, double & electric bass

Recorded, mixed and produced by Tom Gelissen
Setting for Ensemble Klang by Pete Harden
Design by Duel – www.studioduel.nl

The music of Heiner Goebbels is published by G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH

Ensemble Klang Records Nr 06 (EKR06)


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