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Stenhammar: Symphony No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 34 & Serenade in F Major, Op. 31 (Live)


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It was in 1953, 65 years ago, that Herbert Blomstedt conducted the Gothenburg Symphony for the first time. Since then he has been back on numerous occasions, performing a wide range of works – only not those by Wilhelm Stenhammar. Blomstedt has told of how an international career gave him little opportunity to study and conduct Stenhammar’s music. At the age of 85, however, when he no longer had any obligations as a chief conductor, he thought ‘now or never’ and began to study the composer’s major scores in earnest. And when the time came to perform and record them, what other orchestra could he choose but the Gothenburg Symphony – Stenhammar’s ‘own’ orchestra which he conducted between 1907 and 1922. The works on this album are possibly the finest orchestral music that Stenhammar composed and he gave the premières of both with the orchestra, Symphony No. 2 in 1915 and the revised version of the Serenade in 1920. In fact, he even dedicated the symphony to the members of the orchestra, his ‘dear friends’.
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Item number BIS-2424
Barcode 7318599924243
Release date 1/4/2019
Category Orchestral
Label BIS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Conductor Blomstedt, Herbert
Orchestra Göteborgs Symfoniker
Disc: 1
Symphony No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 3400:43:46
1 Symphony No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 34: I. Allegro ener 00:13:19 Blomstedt, Herbert Göteborgs Symfoniker
2 Symphony No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 34: II. Andante (Li 00:09:29 Blomstedt, Herbert Göteborgs Symfoniker
3 Symphony No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 34: III. Scherzo. A 00:07:16 Blomstedt, Herbert Göteborgs Symfoniker
4 Symphony No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 34: IV. Finale. Sos 00:14:58 Blomstedt, Herbert Göteborgs Symfoniker
Serenade in F Major, Op. 3100:37:48
5 Serenade in F Major, Op. 31: I. Overtura (Live) 00:07:02 Blomstedt, Herbert Göteborgs Symfoniker
6 Serenade in F Major, Op. 31: II. Canzonetta (Live) 00:04:59 Blomstedt, Herbert Göteborgs Symfoniker
7 Serenade in F Major, Op. 31: III. Scherzo (Live) 00:07:33 Blomstedt, Herbert Göteborgs Symfoniker
8 Serenade in F Major, Op. 31: IV. Notturno (Live) 00:07:51 Blomstedt, Herbert Göteborgs Symfoniker
9 Serenade in F Major, Op. 31: V. Finale (Live) 00:10:14 Blomstedt, Herbert Göteborgs Symfoniker
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