Requiem for a Dying Planet

Requiem for a Dying Planet (subtitled Sounds for Two Films by Werner Herzog) is an album by cellist Ernst Reijseger featuring music for Werner Herzog's 2004 documentary The White Diamond and 2005 film The Wild Blue Yonder performed with vocalist/poet/performer Mola Sylla and the Voches de Sardinna.[1] The original tracks were recorded in 2004 in France and Germany and additional recording undertaken in Germany in 2006 before the album was released on the Winter & Winter label.[2]

Requiem for a Dying Planet
Soundtrack album by
Released14 November 2006
Recorded12 & 13 June 2004, 10 October 2004 and 12 March 2006
Yellow Cab Studios, Paris, France, Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, and Fluxx Tonstudio, Munich, Germany
GenreImprovised music, world music
LabelWinter & Winter 910 127
ProducerStefan Winter
Ernst Reijseger chronology
Requiem for a Dying Planet
Do You Still


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllAboutJazz     [3]
AllAboutJazz     [4]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings    [5]

In his review for Allmusic, Dave Shim said "Combining Reijseger’s formidable skills in the grey regions between jazz, improvised, and chamber music, with the mesmerizing vocal talents of Senegalese singer Mola Sylla and Sardinian vocal choir Voches de Sardinna, the album covers an extraordinarily wide range of moods and textures, from vaguely liturgical atmospheres to threatening drones to delicate percussive vignettes—eliciting a mysterious aura contemplative of planet Earth’s hereafter".[6] On AllAboutJazz C. Michael Bailey rated the album five stars and observed "Requiem for a Dying Planet is hypnotic in its beauty and stunning in its scope. Ernst Reijseger meets Herzog as an equal on the creative field, and together they produce a super-composition. This moody music is perfect as a film soundtrack. It stimulates consideration and transcends the art of music into another realm".[3] On the same site Glenn Astarita gave the album 3 stars stating "If you're in need of a spiritual or life-lifting boost, you might want to rethink or perhaps defer spinning this disc. A haunting beauty shines forth from the music, but the music occasionally casts a dark shadow via the cellist's stark pizzicato choruses and the vocalists' ritualized chanting... Regardless of taste, preference or attitude, this is a curiously interesting progression of musical frameworks, setting forth notions of divine contemplation prior to a doomsday-like event."[4]

Track listing


All compositions by Ernst Reijseger except as indicated

  1. "Intro Dank sei dir Gott" – 0:47
  2. "Dank sei dir Gott" (Georg Friedrich Händel) – 4:19
  3. "Longing for a Frozen Sky" – 2:08
  4. "A Una Rosa" (Traditional) – 8:37
  5. "Libera Me, Domine" (Traditional) – 7:14
  6. "In Search of a Hospitable Place" – 5:26
  7. "Sanctus" (Traditional) – 6:37
  8. "Bad News from Outer Space" – 6:10
  9. "Su Bolu 'e s'Astore" (Tonino Puddu) – 4:52
  10. "Mura/Ballu Turturinu" (Traditional) – 6:01
  11. "Song of the Desert" – 7:31
  12. "Kyrie" (Traditional) – 5:45


  • Ernst Reijseger – cello, voice
  • Mola Sylla – vocals, mbira, xalam, lyrics in Wolof (tracks 4, 6, 7 & 9–12) and Manding (track 5)
  • Emmi Leisner – vocals (contralto)
  • Patrizio Mura – vocals (voche)
  • Massimo Roych, Piero Pala – vocals (voche, mesuvoche)
  • Gianluca Frau – vocals (cronta)
  • Mario Siotto – vocals (bassu)


  1. ^ Winter & Winter discography, accessed December 1, 2014
  2. ^ Ernst Reijseger discography, accessed December 1, 2014
  3. ^ a b Bailey, C. M., AllAboutJazz Review, December 24, 2006
  4. ^ a b Astarita, G., All About Jazz Review, November 12, 2006
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1201. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  6. ^ Jurek, Thom. Ernst Reijseger – Janna > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved November 28, 2014.