Pocket Symphonies are twelve symphonic pearls in the form of songs. Short, infectious, beautifully melodic, and yet with the immensity and depth of symphonic-like works, Helbig draws his inspiration from centuries of power and glory.
If you like the music of Einaudi, Reich, Richter, Glass, Jenkins and other accessible contemporary composers, you will be drawn to this music.
Helbigs emotional symphonic images for orchestra and piano are closely connected to his life, experiences, aspirations and also the voids between epochs, systems and continents.
When one writes a three-and-a-half-minute symphony, a song is automatically created, according to his own personal credo. There is a genetic relationship; but in a song, one has to express within just a few bars what a symphony affords a whole movement for expressing. However, if one compresses a symphony in all of its dimensions of length, dynamics and emotions, then a song is what remains - whether one likes it or not; it doesn t work any other way. In this respect, the Pocket Sym¬phonies are in fact symphonic songs.
For the recording, Helbig continued his collaboration with the award-winning Faure Quartett - ECHO winners in 2010 for Klassik ohne Grenzen (Classic without Borders)
The Estonian-American conductor Kristjan Jarvi, who has conducted almost all of the worlds great orchestras, accompanies Helbig and the Faure Quartett. Jarvi called the Pocket Sym-phonies probably one of the best things I ve ever done.