horizontal line

Still best-known for his work with Pet Shop Boys, particularly their score for Battleship Potemkin in Trafalgar Square in 2004, Sven Helbig is a highly eclectic composer who mixes the avant-garde principles he pioneered as co-founder of the Dresden Symphony Orchestra with more accessible song forms. I Eat the Sun… is perhaps best heard as a tessellation of tone poems rather than the grand-scale music theatre he has explored elsewhere. It has poetic, rather than narrative, coherence, working to texts by Helbig himself, a traditional Kyrie text and a poem by Leopaldi. The singing is rich and resonant, perhaps a little overproduced in the rock music manner, but harmonically sophisticated enough to overcome the bright studio shimmer.

BRIAN MORTON Read the full review on Agora Classica


   Read full review   


To continue reading, please upgrade to a premium account. You will have immediate full access.



Read more classical music reviews online here:



Choir & Organ, 2017 - ©Rhinegold Publishing