Ernst Reijseger - Cave of Forgotten Dreams - o/s/t film by Werner Herzog
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Soundtrack for the new Werner Herzog film, his first film in 3D.
Ernst Reijseger [cello]
Harmen Fraanje [piano]
Sean Bergin [flute]
"Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams: the real art underground. Once
he put his actors through hell, but now the German master Werner Herzog
has travelled back in time for what might be his most moving film." (The
Composer and cellist Ernst Reijseger has written
and recorded for Werner Herzog's »Cave Of Forgotten Dreams« a new
soundtrack. Herzog made a documentary which is a wonderful portrait of
the cave art discovered at Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc in France. These paintings
are achingly beautiful, and when Herzog's camera glides along the cave
walls, accompanied by the music of cellist Ernst Reijseger, it's
impossible not to be moved and awed.
Reijseger creates enchanting music for choir, organ, piano, flute
and cello. The human voices of the Nederlands Kamerkoor, Harmen
Fraanje's organ sounds, Sean Bergin's flute and Ernst Reijseger's cello
arise to a complex sound painting. His music is a refreshment for the
soul, far away from the noise and chaos of a big city. Reijseger has
composed music of unearthly beauty for the thirty thousand years old
cave paintings and created a new cathedral of sounds.
All adaptions and arrangements of the music by Ernst Reijseger were
especially made for the film. All titles of the compositions are named
in close connection with the movie. For these special compositions the
warmth and depth of low cello sounds are most important. Ernst
Reijseger's new five string cello (a dream he had for a long time) was
finished just in time for the sound configuration and sound design of
this music. The extra low string of the cello offers him the possibility
to create deep sounds and to express a mysterious flair. Reijseger
plays with the choir, to the special piano sounds and to the drone of
the organ. An impressive sound collage emerges. Music of a healing power
The excellent interaction of Ernst Reijseger and Harmen Fraanje is
one of the highlights of this album. Ernst Reijseger: "I really like his
interventions on organ in »Carbon Date« and the voicings he gets in
»Child's Footprint Duo« and »Shadow«, to mention a few." Harmen Fraanje
also played a prepared upright piano together with a Wurlizer piano
which added new spheric sound textures. The beauty of the human voices
in connection with cello and the organ sounds almost sacral. Reijseger
is using the symbolism of the church organ and the choir to create music
far away from sacrality.
Werner Herzog: "The music in this film is extremely important and
adds a very strange beautiful different dimension to it. Ernst
Reijseger, a great and genius avant-garde cello player and composer."