Stories of the Danube

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Stories of the Danube
Studio album by Joe Zawinul
Genre Jazz
Label Polygram Records
Producer Stan Taal, Wolfgang Winkler
Joe Zawinul chronology
My People
Strories of the Danube
Mauthausen - Vom großen Sterben hören
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Stories of the Danube is a symphony by Joe Zawinul, which was commissioned by the Brucknerhaus, Linz. It was first performed as part of the Linzer Klangwolke (a large-scale open-air broadcast event), for the opening of the 1993 Bruckner Festival in Linz, on September 12. In its seven movements (plus a finale), the symphony traces the course of the Danube from Donaueschingen through various countries ending at the Black Sea.


The symphony was recorded as a studio album by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Caspar Richter, at Dukla Radio Studio, Brno, in November 1995 and Music Room, New York, in February 1996.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Beginning: In the depths of the forest a spring wells up: A river is born – 5:49
  2. Mountain Waters: Waterfalls of melted snow cascade into the young river – 3:30
  3. Empire: An impression of life in the reign of emperor Franz Joseph at the turn of the century – 11:22
  4. Intro – 3:52
  5. Gypsy: History of a free people without a home – 7:35
  6. Voice of the Danube: On the riverbed, an imposing rock watches History – 5:53
  7. Unknown Soldier: A stream of blood and violence: The Second World War – 5:52
  8. Intro – 4:26
  9. Sultan: 900 years of Ottoman Empire – 7:59
  10. Finale: The nations of the Danube celebrate peace – 2:33



  1. ^ Ginell, Richard S. (2011). "Zawinul: Stories of the Danube - Joe Zawinul | AllMusic". Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  2. ^ allmusic Biography