Music Recordings

Tomorrow

by William Kersten

Released 2018
Released 2018
Symphonic Poem for orchestra

Shadows of the Soul: Nocturne for Strings and Harp

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
Scored for Strings and Harp.

Nearing Andromeda

by William Kersten

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

Star Harbor

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
A quiet tone picture for orchestra

Apotheosis

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
NOTES
For orchestra and pipe organ

Song of the Forest

by William Kersten & Selene Delvaux

Released 2017
William Kersten
Released 2017
William Kersten
Trio for Flute, Horn and Harp
NOTES
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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Ancient Song

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
NOTES
Trio for Flute, Horn and Harp

Age of Light

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
A spectacular and heroic symphonic poem for large orchestra and pipe organ.
NOTES
"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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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.
NOTES
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

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

Soul of the Barbarian

by William Kersten

Released 2019
Released 2019
Scored for Wagner tubas, percussion and strings, a work of primal musical power.
NOTES
Instrumentation:
5 Wagner Tubas
Timpani
Percussion
Strings

Performed with Vienna Symphonic Library

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.
NOTES
"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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Earth and Paradise: Prospice

by William Kersten

Released 2017
Released 2017
"Earth and Paradise" is a cycle of six songs, composed to the passionate Victorian poems of Christina Rossetti, Anne Bronte, Thomas Beddoes and Thomas Hood.
NOTES
The music was performed by the acclaimed soprano Lori Trustman with a full orchestral accompaniment. The entire cycle forms a changing picture of earthly joys, sorrow and death leading to the mystical evocation of Rossetti's "Paradise."

"Of special interest was the world premiere of American composer William Kersten's "Earth and Paradise." Kersten's music, always interesting and provocative, has become a rarity in a culture obsessed with copycat success: it has shed any hints of being …
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