When composer Karsten Gundermann (1966), born in Dresden, created his symphony Abendland (The Western World), he was concerned with cultural-philosophical questions and questions about the European criticism.
Roman Kofman conducted the Beethoven Orchestra that played "Abendland"
"Where does the Western World come from? Where is it going, if we continue the course of the past 1,000 years -- it is the history of Europeans fearing too strong neighbors."
No wonder then that the work is set off with warlike sounds: A continuously returning atmosphere that resolves into a nirvana-like happy ending at the end of the second movement. The course of the symphony gives away much about Gundermann's development as a composer, such as his stays in Beijing or New York, where the focus was movie music and multimedia.
Deutsche Welle is offering the first movement -- Vergangenheit (The Past) -- which was first performed on Sept. 21, 2007, in the Beethoven Hall in Bonn. The Beethoven Orchestra played under the leadership of the conductor Roman Kofman.