William Kersten | Romantic Symphony - Symphonic Poems

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Romantic Symphony - Symphonic Poems

by William Kersten

The Symphony No. 1 "Romantic" by Kersten is composed in a post-Romantic style for large orchestral forces including pipe organ, and is accompanied on the recording by three symphonic poems.
Genre: Classical: Orchestral
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1. Romantic Symphony, Op. 19: I. Moderato con Brio
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2. Romantic Symphony, Op. 19: I. Moderato con Brio
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3. Romantic Symphony, Op. 19: II. Adagio Dolore
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4. Romantic Symphony, Op. 19: II. Adagio Dolore (pt. 2)
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5. Romantic Symphony, Op. 19: III. Scherzo (pt. 1)
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6. Romantic Symphony, Op. 19: III. Scherzo (pt. 2)
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7. Romantic Symphony, Op. 19: IV. Finale (pt. 1)
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8. Romantic Symphony, Op. 19: IV. Finale (pt. 2)
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9. Romantic Symphony, Op. 19: IV. Finale (pt. 3)
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10. Invocation and Ritual for Orchestra, Op. 17 (pt. 1)
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11. Invocation and Ritual for Orchestra, Op. 17 (pt. 2)
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12. Invocation and Ritual for Orchestra, Op. 17 (pt. 3)
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13. Saga - Symphonic Poem, Op. 11 (pt. 1)
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14. Saga - Symphonic Poem, Op. 11 (pt. 2)
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15. Heroic Poem, Op. 12
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Errikos Vaios

Strong and original voice
"Cries of righteous despair replete with filmic imagery bring about a highly portentous, resolute theme containing fragments of narrative commitment, which is in turn interrupted by penetrating, inescapable anguish that the composer must brave and tame in order to dive into the first movement - and the symphony - proper, where we have a chance to explore the musical and psychological implications of those fierce introductory eruptions. All this happens during the first ninety seconds of the work.

The listener embarks upon a personal musical disclosure of events, while receiving the full range and impact of the emotional content of those events, not necessarily in a linear or traditional formal fashion - for which the title of ‘Symphony’ may be misleading unless one’s conceptions and traditional expectations are left behind on this very personal journey. The apparent absence of traditional formal cornerstones doesn’t weaken the larger structure, as the skeletal interweaving of themes and an abundance of dramaturgy and personal dictum, shift the educated audience’s conventional expectations of balance in a large work to the composer’s discretionary points of structural centres, as motivic/harmonic growth, orchestration, style, and even long-range musical targets, all defer to the composer’s own hierarchical system in this work, and serve his narrative and psychological struggles - perhaps ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ or ‘Sinfonia Narrativa’ could be alternative titles. In fact, the narrative intent is so much stronger than the rich musical material, that the movements could easily be perceived as sections of an instead monolithic musical epic, seen through the eyes and expressed in the singular voice of an individual witness.

We never become privy to the composer’s story without the intentionally undisclosed literal programme, and that draws us deeper into the work in search of that fascinating story - the very emphatic musical material suggests strong feelings of loss, despair, love, battle, religion, and triumph.

Technically, the composer feels secure in his uninhibited use of some Herrmannian, Tchaikovskyan, and Beethovenian devices, and a degree of stylistic eclecticism from different periods, as his own strong and original voice is ubiquitous and assimilating.

As one becomes more familiar with this and other works of W. Kersten, one is incrementally allowed greater insight into his mysterious and expansive world - a natural outcome over repeated hearings (a surprisingly welcome venture in the contemporary music world). And it is these repeated hearings that tell us that the work is worthwhile, when we discover something new about it every time; new layers, new elements, or new connections between those elements, etc.

W. Kersten’s music is as generous in these respects, as it is inspired. Most of all, it is honest; an almost extinct quality these days, especially in music composition."

Robert Kaye

Kersten has scored a Masterpiece within Masterpieces in todays time. His intrinsic and gifted knowledge from an era of non Machine but honest studies within his Experience in the Hollywood Genre' has accumulated for him the Treasurable Orchestration of any Modern display of Mastery in the Concert, operatic & modern contemporary song-writing Arrangements, Mixed together and displayed of an Extraordinary up to date operatic Masterpieces. Lori is in her prime here and the two musical collaborations induces a Euphoric Experience that any Composer would not hesitate to analyze for reference and an educational study as well as an audible pleasure of sheer joy of new modern poetic beauty to listen to.

Tom McElvogue

A Sixth Star (even though it only allows 5)
A compelling experience in modern symphonic music. The authentic and descriptive portrayal of emotion, whilst difficult to achieve in music, is fully realized within the works of William Kersten. The powerful and beautiful melodic nature of the music is combined with an orchestral score that tantalizes and toys with the heartstrings in a subtle, mature and convincing way.

I have to admit that I don't quite understand how he manage's to do this, but every time I listen to William's work, it just gets better and better. There is something new upon each listening, a most rewarding and enjoyable symphonic creation.

Paul Robbins

The Romantic Symphony harks back to a Golden Age
The four movements of this work span a wide ranging emotional journey. Memorable themes come and go throughout the work, finally coming to the fourth movement, Finale. This is a noble, expressive movement that lifts the audience to a powerful climax. The whole symphony is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging piece of work, and I would highly recommend it for those musically nostalgic moments, and for lovers of memorable, melodic themes. Excellent!

Robert Kaye

A Mirrored Reflection
William Kersten is one of a Few. Who have Transcended from the scoring Motion Picture Industry field to the Personal Composition Field. This Symphony is one of only a few that has successfully been accomplished by any correctly if a few. The mere pointers on how and which avenue or method he used remains but an educational one. It appears that he did go after form and Taste. Its enjoyable to listen to. And appears to never fall in a boredom phase as a lot of modern symphonies do. His Exquisite experience maintains a standard. A mature and rewarding intrench. I very much like the Composer William Kersten for he forshadows his Symphony as any Truthfulness a Mirror reflects, Transcribes or Projects. As any Personality would Accurately.


This cd shows the beauty, inner depth and musical accomplishment of William Kersten's creativity. "Emotions recollected in tranquillity" and "Inspiration with elegance" are the keywords to describe this touching masterpiece. I strongly recommand it!

Alex Farmer

A new beginning
William Kersten has captured something few achieve, the ability to go beyond genre. In a style so replete with the same type of music, he has set a new benchmark, writing in a new and unplagaristic way. He is a master storyteller, and these four movements represent a journey those who listen and experience will not fail to enjoy. I urge all to listen and enjoy this new masterwork of the 21st century.

Ron James

Masterpiece for our time
Kersten has accomplished something here that will be regarded as a masterpiece for our time. The brilliance of his composition, the subtle artistry of his melodies, and the poignant sounds of his orchestrations place this artist at the top ranks of his field. Kersten deserves recognition for what he has accomplished, and those who do not purchase his work are poorer for not knowing what will be regarded by future generations as the master of his time.

Ann Ebner

Modern Symphonic music at its best!!
Modern symphonic music at its best and most beautiful! I love this symphony and each time I listen to it I feel like the composer has taken me on a journey. From the dramatic and powerful first movement to the achingly lovely adagio, the rich and varied scherzo and the emotionally soaring finale, Kersten's music will transport and inspire. HIGHLY Recommended!!


This is an impressive work. A skill- and tasteful revival of the romantic symphonic genre.
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