Sven Helbig & Fauré Quartett
Twelve “pocket-sized symphonies” – these are symphonic compositions that Sven Helbig has condensed to the length of pop songs. When it comes to intensity and depth, however, Helbig’s “Pocket Symphonies” are in no way inferior to classical works. The Dresden-based composer and producer describes his cycle of miniatures as “twelve ways to get through a day”. Helbig’s creations are often gesamtkunstwerke (total works of art) that frequently also incorporate his directing skills – as in his production staged for the 800th anniversary of Dresden, for example, or his ballet in which 200 solar panels danced to his music, or his work for 250,000 voices composed for the opening of the Church Congress in 2011. Last year he worked with the Pet Shop Boys to create the ballet “The Most Incredible Thing”, which was performed to great acclaim in London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Helbig has also worked as a producer, arranger, and musical director for a variety of groups and artists, including Rammstein, Snoop Dogg, Apocalyptica, and René Pape. “Pocket Symphonies” is his triumphant debut album, and he’ll be performing it at the Reeperbahn Festival with the award-winning Fauré Quartet.