Josephson - Symphony op.4, Songs, Islossningen | Sterling CDS1003

Josephson - Symphony op.4, Songs, Islossningen

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Label: Sterling

Cat No: CDS1003

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Contents

Artists

Elisabeth Soderstrom (soprano)
Jan Eyron (piano)
Erik Saeden (baritone)
Stig Westerberg (piano)
Rolf Leanderson (baritone)
Christer Solen (tenor)
Kungliga Akademiska Kapellet
Orphei Drangar
Gavle Radio Orchestra

Conductors

Per Ake Andersson
Eric Ericson

Works

Josephson, Jacob Axel

Ballads and Songs, op.8
» Serenad
Festive March in G major
Islossningen, fantasy for men's chorus, soloists and orchestra, op.9
Songs (7), op.31
» no.2 Sjung, sjung, du underbara sang
Songs with pianoforte, op.1
» Stjernklart
» Tro ej gladjen
Symphony in E flat major, op.4

Artists

Elisabeth Soderstrom (soprano)
Jan Eyron (piano)
Erik Saeden (baritone)
Stig Westerberg (piano)
Rolf Leanderson (baritone)
Christer Solen (tenor)
Kungliga Akademiska Kapellet
Orphei Drangar
Gavle Radio Orchestra

Conductors

Per Ake Andersson
Eric Ericson

About

Josephson travelled to Mendelssohn. And the source of the inspiration was definitely Mendelssohn. Just as Mendelssohn belonged to an old Swedish Jewish family. Josephson did become a Christian voluntarily giving up his Jewish belief. Only one or two of his choral works have survived today in the Swedish repertoire. Unfortunately not the Symphony. Only one movement from his Symphony was played during the composer's life time. The Symphony is a great piece of work, just listen to the second movement with its painfully beautiful oboe solo. Otherwise the Symphony is very much an ensemble work. It must be said that the orchestra is one of the oldest in Sweden. It is nowadays a combination of professionals and amateur musicians. But make no mistake, the orchestra playing under the experienced Lars Åke Andersson knows how to make the best of the music. The solo songs give another important aspect of Josephson's oeuvre, and the final choral piece, Islossningen, although a very old performance, shows Josephson in his most well-known composition.

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