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Pettersson: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 16


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Compared to most other composers, Allan Pettersson was an out-and-out symphonist. Following his first, unfinished attempt in the genre, he composed another 15 symphonies, leaving behind a fragment of one more at his death in 1980. During that time he only composed six other works and, in fact, it seems that he always had a symphony ‘on the go’. The exception was the years leading up to Symphony No.4, recorded for the present disc. The reason would appear to be the negative reception of its predecessor at its 1956 première. Ever afterwards, he reverted to the one-movement scheme that he had used in his second symphony and would continue to favor in future works. He also made more extensive use of long, chorale-like passages that co-exist with more modernist ones. Two decades later a similar stylistic duality pervades the Symphony No.16, written in response to a request for a composition by the saxophonist Frederick L. Hemke. Possibly it was Pettersson’s decision to incorporate a solo part for alto saxophone in the work that led to the occasionally ‘jazz-scented’ style of the slow, calm section which follows upon the wild opening (marked ‘frenetico’). The work is characterized by tension – a tension that is resolved in the simple, tonal and peaceful ending.
Facts
Item number BIS-2110
Barcode 7318599921105
Release date 1/13/2015
Category Orchestral
Label BIS
Media type SACD + DVD
Number of units 2
Performers
Classical Artist Lindberg, Christian
Pettersson, Jorgen
Orchestra Norrköpings Symfoniorkester
Disc: 1
Symphony No. 400:38:25
1 Symphony No. 4 00:37:27 Lindberg, Christian Norrköpings Symfoniorkester
Symphony No. 1600:22:22
2 Symphony No. 16 00:26:57 Lindberg, Christian Norrköpings Symfoniorkester Pettersson, Jorgen
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