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Ancient Song

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
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Trio for Flute, Horn and Harp

Apotheosis

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
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For orchestra and pipe organ

Nearing Andromeda

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
A cosmic journey
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Symphonic poem for orchestra and pipe organ

Star Harbor

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
A quiet tone picture for orchestra

Song of the Forest

by William Kersten & Selene Delvaux

Released 2017
William Kersten
Released 2017
William Kersten
Trio for Flute, Horn and Harp
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Song of the Forest, Op. 50 (2013)
"The Song of the Forest explores the sylvan delights of the woods. Just as a walk along some seldom-trod path leads one to the unexpected - a brook, a stone outcropping, or the hoary, moss-encrusted face of an aged tree - so too does Kersten's composition offer repeated enchantments, unexpected but encountered, nevertheless, with each turn of phrase. The masterful composer who consistently illustrates his versatility has given us the …
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Age of Light

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
A spectacular and heroic symphonic poem for large orchestra and pipe organ.
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"The symphonic poem Age of Light is a triumphal tribute to Enlightenment. This composition shows Kersten's capacity for diversity: his Concert March captures the youthful vigor of a marshal parade; Age of Light is a mature, respectful composition. It features elegant melodies, picked up with the clarity of a trumpet and then echoed by other instruments. While darkness will always challenge intellect - and this tone poem gives voice to that conflict - ignorance submits …
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Chivalry - A Symphonic Fantasy

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
"This cd represents the ultimate expression of Post Romantic heroism in music." - James Chenowith
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"... a mature compilation of melodies and orchestration that inspires while evoking the strongest of emotions. Kersten has grown with every recording he has offered, and this expression of his work won't diappoint. This is a "must have" for anyone who likes Wagner, Bruckner, Mahler..." - James Chenowith

Earth and Paradise: Prospice

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
"... rapturously constructed songs set to the poems of Christina Rossetti, Anne Bronte, Thomas Hood and Thomas Beddoes, touchingly, dramatically, movingly underscores the breadth, the elegance, the sweetness of the poems." - Jack Neal
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"Earth and Paradise," sung by soprano Lori Trustman, and "Prospice," sung by Ferdinand von Plettenberg, tenor

"It is stunning orchestral and vocal writing, clearly entrenched - as the poems are - in a lush romantic ambience which ebbs and flows with the rush of ideas and words describing the mysteries of life, death and paradise, much as Debussy's "La Mer" ebbs and flows putting the morality of man against the immortal mysteries of the sea. …
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Romantic Symphony

by William Kersten

Released 2016
Released 2016
From its misty Mahlerian beginnings to its final burst of Wagnerian splendor, Kersten's Romantic Symphony captures a restless urge that propels this expressive and richly varied work in an inspired and engaging way" - Jack Neal, 2003.
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"In the Romantic Symphony (Symphony No. 1 Op. 17) Kersten has provided no obvious program. Still it moves where the spirit moves him as though following the action of a drama, not where strict attention to musical form once demanded, but to where heart's desires and instincts demand. Kersten knows what many of his contemporary composers don't evidently know, or at least don't care to express: that contemporary music can reflect its time and still be accessible …
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Shadows of the Soul

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
Nocturnes for Orchestra in a melancholy style featuring flutes, harp, strings and wordless voices.
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Shadows of the Soul - Nocturnes for Orchestra (2010)

"Shadows of the Soul" is a rich, diverse album, a collection of brilliant melodies executed with precision to yield a mystic, sometimes disturbing poem. As is typically the case with Kersten's music, these various compositions recall images, as though from some forgotten past, fleeting and conjured out of the private imagination, which only that listener can know. And yet, while "Shadows of the Soul" summons phantasms at …
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CHIVALRY - A SYMPHONIC FANTASY

"... the ultimate expression in Post Romantic heroism in music..."

EARTH AND PARADISE; PROSPICE

"...vocal flights of elation float dramatically and hauntingly over Kersten's detailed, poetic orchestral descriptions..."

ROMANTIC SYMPHONY; SYMPHONIC POEMS

"...I'm floored. Great music, performed masterfully."

SHADOWS OF THE SOUL

"...while "Shadows of the Soul" summons phantasms at once individually conceived, it also draws on archetypes as though Carl Gustav Jung himself directed the orchestra..."

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