"I have been in that Heaven
that knows his light most,
and have seen things,
which whoever descends from there
has neither power, nor knowledge ...
But your life is breathed into you
without mediation, by the supreme beneficence
that makes life love it, so that it always longs for it."
Dante Alighieri | The Divine Comedy | Paradiso
In his album INFERNO KRISCHAN musically led us into another famous story of the literary world - Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia - the "Divine Comedy".
More than 700 years ago, the poet wrote an impressive vision of the afterlife as the author's journey in the first person through the three realms of the afterworld. The Divina Commedia is
considered the most important poetry in Italian literature and at the same time was the first to establish the Italian language as a written language.
Dante is accompanied by the Roman poet Vergil, who leads him through the inferno and purgatory, in search of his "ideal wife" Beatrice, who ultimately shows him the way to paradise.This symphonic poem runs through all pieces on KRISCHAN's work! Follow him through dark forests, pursued by dark beings and figures, on unreal rivers through the different segments of the nine circles of hell to the center of the earth in this unique way of expression, which KRISCHAN has always manifested as one of his essential theses.
... and the journey finds it's end ...
The PARADISO is the third and final part of Dante's Divine Comedy, following the INFERNO and the PURGATORRIUM. It is an allegory telling of Dante's journey through Heaven, guided by his love Beatrice, who symbolises theology. In the poem, Paradise is depicted as a series of concentric spheres surrounding the Earth, consisting of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Fixed Stars, the Primum Mobile and finally, the Empyrean. It was written in the early 14th century. Allegorically, the poem represents the soul's ascent to God. After ascending through the sphere of fire believed to exist in the earth's upper atmosphere (Canto I), Beatrice guides Dante through the nine celestial spheres of Heaven, to the Empyrean, which is the abode of God ...
This last part of the Italian poet's afterlife journeys presents another challenge musically, which KRISCHAN has met by a stringent musical division through the seven planetary spheres, the fixed star sphere and the crystal sky to the Empyreum, where the angelic hierarchies dwell. In Dante everything that used to be spiritual show of the outside becomes deep inner personal experience. He describes what he experiences during his descent into the depths of his own soul, and KRISCHAN tries to manifest this musically.