Symphony #2: "Three Dreams" (a.k.a. "The Hopeful, the Hopeless, and the Human Seed") was composed in 1987, and recorded several years later, in 1996. Finally, in 2014, the work was edited and remastered for this digital release.
Steven Chesne's epic, orchestral concert work contains influences of Sibelius, Bruckner, Mahler, and Prokofiev, as well as his explorations in film and world music. This deep, multilayered symphony takes the listener on a colorful, emotional, internal journey.
This symphony depicts the three dreams of Doorsmith Bloom: dark and somber, optimistic and bright, and yearning or questing. The work is Part 2 of the series of tone poems entitled "The Seven Worlds of Doorsmith Bloom," a cycle of seven programmatic symphonies which, while they stand alone as concert works, comprise a large-scale musical story when strung end to end.
The story of "The Seven Worlds of Doorsmith Bloom" follows its protagonist, Doorsmith Bloom ("Doorsmith" because he is a doormaker by trade, and "Bloom" as a metaphor for the blossoming of human consciousness), in his lifelong quest for resolution to the enigma brought about by his dreams, as illustrated in Symphony #2. This extended work uses mythological symbolism (in the vein of J.R.R. Tolkien or Richard Wagner) to tell the story of the human struggle, the yearnings of the soul, and the resilience of the human spirit.
This is a meticulously crafted recording with the Los Angeles Ars Symphonia Orchestra, comprised of many of the top concert-music performers in Los Angeles.
The original 1996 recording was a follow up to the 1994 recording of Chesne's Symphony #3, which was the first large scale symphonic work to be captured via multi-track digital recording (first clarinet on one track, second clarinet on the next track, third on the next track, etc.) and was covered on NPR's "All Things Considered" and in "Mix Magazine".