Recorded by VRT at De Singel in Antwerp, 03 28th 1993
The Nine Unfinished Symphonies were conceived as one entity. They are written in my musical native tongue;
the musical grammar and idioms with which I have become so familiar that I can converse in them spontaneously,
without thinking, so that I can devote my full attention to what I actually want to do. It appears that we need
narratives, such as the ‘sacred’ number nine with symphonies, or the concept of the Unfinished, which
stands in sharp contrast to the fragmentary or the ‘uncapitalised’ unfinished.
Without narrative, art possesses no value. Diametrically opposed to this, however, is our awareness that these narratives, upon
closer inspection, do not make sense. (Boudewijn Buckinx)