Peterson-Berger - Symphonies 1 & 5 | Sterling CDS1006

Peterson-Berger - Symphonies 1 & 5

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Label: Sterling

Cat No: CDS1006

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Contents

Artists

Kungliga Hovkapellet, Stockholm

Conductor

Leif Segerstam

Works

Peterson-Berger, Wilhelm

Symphony no.1 'Baneret'
Symphony no.5 in B minor 'Solitudo'

Artists

Kungliga Hovkapellet, Stockholm

Conductor

Leif Segerstam

About

According to members of the Peterson-Berger Society this recording is preferable. I remember the recording as a very happy occasion indeed with Leif Segerstam in excellent form. I think the critics have been over-exaggarating the deficiencies of Peterson-Berger's symphonies. The First is a bold try indeed with exciting ideas and a most interesting fugue writing. His style is very easy to grasp. The second movement is based on an exquisite waltz melody, again Peterson-Berger is very easy to recognize. The trio is very much Mahler in Swedish style. The third movement would be a must for all lovers of Elgar heroism... The last Symphony ends this CD. Here the composer is more inward and contemplating in style, a bit resigned at the end of a struggle for recognition. The third movement with its beautiful woodwind solos gives you a vision of Sweden at dusk during autumn. The leaves are falling and the dark is getting closer. But the last movement with its boisterous and jolly tarantella ideas concludes the symphony, and even Sibelius in the middle section!

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