Since his first international success “Aguirre” premiered in 1972, German director Werner Herzog has made a name for himself as a maverick, a rogue director who accepts any and every challenge to put dreams on screens – obsessions of primarily men who decide to go against society and nature. There is, for example, Brian Fitzgerald who wants to build an opera house in the middle of the jungle. There is also Timothy Treadwell, the Grizzly Man, who shuns a society that has not recognized his greatness. Instead, he decides to live among bears. There is also Graham Dorrington who builds a special airship. He says he wants to explore the rain forest but in truth, he wants to exorcise his personal demons. The list of extraordinary people who have been put on film by Herzog is endless – both in fiction and documentary though that distinction is a slippery slope here.
For 15 years, Werner Herzog has worked with cellist and composer Ernst Reijseger. It was he who penned the music for films as colorful as “The White Diamond”, “My Son My Son What Have Ye Done”, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and, most recently, “Fireball.”
Ernst Reijseger is an internationally celebrated cellist. His music knows no boundaries and is therefore hard to categorize. Reijseger rejects labels such as world music despite the fact that he has worked for over a decade with Senegalese singer and poet Mola Sylla and Dutch pianist Harmen Fraanje, with Indonesian and Sardinian ensembles, accompanying their traditional folk music with skillful improvisations on his instrument that at times sounds like a didgeridoo, percussion, but rarely like a cello, so inventive his playing is. Is it world music? Is it jazz? Is it avant-garde? Does it matter? It’s unlike anything you have ever heard.
The 42nd CD-release of Caldera Records, released in collaboration with Spring Music Productions, features a detailed booklet-text by Stephan Eicke, an interview with Werner Herzog as a bonus track, and elegant artwork by Luis Miguel Rojas. The CD was mastered by Niels Brouwer and produced by Ernst Reijseger, Stephan Eicke and John Elborg.
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Okay, one of the greatest compilations this year, one of the greatest covers of all time and one of the greatest interviews on the end of this CD. I would be lying if I said HERZOG wasn't one of my favorite director/everything, but he is. Add in the music and you have to share this music by the always talented composer Ernst Reijseger. In the end we have a great starting point for these two and their story, their journey if you will and what we have is just something great. Bravo!
Jeremy [Six Strings]