to Review in internet's main classical site Music & Vision
Rumson: Canadian composer, teacher, pianist and author.
one finds magic. I did when I went to this site. Within a few seconds of the
first sounds I knew I was in the world created by a real composer. Atmospheric
but constructed with inner steel, Mats Wendt is clearly doing something special:
music of mystery, enchantment and great beauty. Here is something extraordinary."
was written in 2001. The piece Mr Rumson refers to as the first was at the
time nr 5. The first 4 was not published when this was written. Also, the
site layout at this time was different and more difficult to navigate, se
link to full review. MW)
music that one could easily see being played during the Lord of the Rings
movie. Wendt's compositions evoke the power and vastness of the land of the
Northmen like few I have ever heard. Wendt began this suite in 1999 and he
estimates its completion of the giant 158 part suite to be some time in 2007.
I can only say that I sincerely hope it will be offered on CD upon its completion.
I want it in my collection. If you like classical music go listen to this
preview of an ambitious and very promising work.
I love your work. It is completely awesome and awe-inspiring.
Though there are no words I say still-
"Salute the scald! Through his craft, do the gods and goddesses live,
and are made known to the folk!"
May the gods and goddesses always fill your heart with laughter and music.
Jeg er veldig takknemlig for at så vakker musikk som "Eddan"
kommer til å bli ett mesterverk for all fremtid. Dette er for meg veldig
spennende da jeg søker stadig tilbake til det opprinnelige for menneskene
hvorfor ting er som det er. Dette fantastiske verket bringer meg tilbake til
skapelsen og setter fantasien i sving.
"You MUST hear this music! And read the tale. But listen
while you read!"
Known from movies like the 13th warrior and the League of extraordinary
gentlemen. Also appearing in Gladiator.
Wonderful aurally pleasing music, it conveys the emotions behind
the stories in the Eddas very well.
The sections I’ve heard contained immense strength and
atmosphere, suggesting vast amounts of energy which, in context with the mythology,
uses your imagination to conjure images of gods, giants and men undertaking
epic maneuvering. It is simply fantastic in its beauty and mystery.
'Thank You' for the work you have done - what I am reading and
what I am hearing are truly a feast for the mind and spirit!
Richard Wagner Appreciation
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There is a marvelous work just released called "Eddan - The Invincible Sword of the Elf-Smith" by Mats Wendt, which I think most Wagner fans would love. It is a 16+ hour piece setting to orchestration the Norse mythology of the Eddas. It's available as a free streaming format at http://www.eddan.net/
5 hours of it has been performed at Bayreuth, so I think it's fair to say it is Wagnerian approved!