Norgard - Symphonies 4 & 5 | Dacapo 6220646

Norgard - Symphonies 4 & 5

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Label: Dacapo

Cat No: 6220646

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.4
Symphony no.5

Artists

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

John Storgards

About

Per Nørgård’s music originates in an inextinguishable desire to explore the marvels of the world and the powers of music. His eight symphonies stand as milestones, composed through six decades, each with its own unique musical world. This recording by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor John Storgårds presents two of Nørgård’s most dramatic works; the chaotic and troubled Symphony No.4 inspired by the schizophrenic Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli, and the fearless Symphony No.5, in which the composer seems to embrace violent forces of nature.

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. 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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