Norgard - Symphonies 2 & 6 | Dacapo 6220645

Norgard - Symphonies 2 & 6

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Label: Dacapo

Cat No: 6220645

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th May 2016

Contents

Artists

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

John Storgards

Works

Norgard, Per

Symphony no.2
Symphony no.6 'At the End of the Day'

Artists

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

John Storgards

About

“I feel each of my symphonies is a whole continent in itself,” the Danish composer Per Nørgård (b. 1932) has said. His music stems from an insatiable urge to explore the phenomena of the world and the possibilities of music, and his eight symphonies stand as milestones along the course of six decades. This recording with the Oslo Philharmonic conducted by John Storgårds presents Per Nørgård’s Second Symphony, in which the composer unfolds his famous ‘infinity principle’ euphorically and almost psychedelically, and his Sixth Symphony, in which the mature composer proves more exploratory and playful than ever.

Reviews

There’s something almost miraculous about the way Finnish conductor John Storgårds has brought this music so finely and compellingly into focus. At times, listening to these quixotically vibrant, multi-layered scores, Jackson Pollock at his craziest has come to mind; but trying to find reassurring form can induce vertigo. ... And the details – it isn’t just the clarity, it’s the expressiveness of it all that impresses again and again.  Stephen Johnson
BBC Music Magazine September 2016
Da Capo began its recordings of these works that are so central to Nørgård’s development seven years ago, with Thomas Dausgaard conducting the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in the Third and Seventh. Sakari Oramo and the Vienna Philharmonic added the First and Eighth Symphonies in 2014 and now John Storgårds’ pair of discs (which have to be bought separately) complete the cycle, with exemplary performances from the Oslo Philharmonic in crystalline recordings that fasten on every sonic detail in the scores. … the Sixth Symphony (1999) is for me the most extraordinary. It carries the subtitle At the End of the Day, though there’s nothing valedictory about its three movements, which seem to conform to a classical plan of a big discursive opening movement, followed by a slow second and then a brief, upbeat finale. Except nothing is as cut and dried as that; this music constantly opens up new territory, spawning luminous fresh ideas right up to the closing bars. It creates an exhilarating, sometimes revelatory musical journey, but then what all these symphonies offer is unlike anything any other composer is writing today.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 17 June 2016
It was about time we had new recordings of these symphonies, works that are absolutely worthy of reappraisal by new generations even in their relative youth. These are magnificent performances, presented with comprehensive booklet-notes by Cornelius and an introduction by Storgårds himself.  Andrew Mellor
Gramophone July 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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