Atterberg - Orchestral Works Vol.3 | Chandos CHSA5154

Atterberg - Orchestral Works Vol.3

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5154

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st June 2015



Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


Neeme Jarvi


Atterberg, Kurt

Symphony no.1 in B minor, op.3
Symphony no.5 in D minor, op.20 'Sinfonia funebre'


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


Neeme Jarvi


Neeme Järvi and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra continue their Atterberg survey with this third volume of symphonies.

Atterberg sent the first three completed movements of his Symphony No.1 to Stockholm’s Royal Academy, seeking a scholarship in order to travel to several cities in Germany to attend musical performances. When he came back he added a finale with an introductory Adagio in which he, as it were, ‘reminded’ himself of what he had already composed. The first performance of the symphony, in 1912 – also Atterberg’s first concert as a conductor – was warmly welcomed although the work was thought very modern. Six months later it became the first of Atterberg’s works to be played abroad.

Atterberg also conducted the premiere of his Symphony No.5, which gets its title ‘Funebre’ from the slow, tragic second movement. The movement is a sort of lament over his unaccomplished early dreams and hopes. Atterberg made several revisions to this work, even rewriting the last movement twenty-five years later, and it is the revised version that has been recorded here.

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