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Atterberg: Sinfonia Per Archi / Wallin, Camerata Nordica


Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777156   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Kurt Atterberg
Performer:  Ulf Wallin
Conductor:  Ulf Wallin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Nordica
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is fantastically beautiful music: luscious, tuneful, evocative, but never decadent or devoid of energy and purpose. The Sinfonia for strings began life as a quintet, but it sounds splendid for large ensemble. Its four relatively compact movements last about half an hour and are suffused with that "Nordic melancholy" that makes so much of Atterberg's music appealing. There's plenty of vigor too, particularly in the second-movement scherzo and finale. Adagio amoroso was Atterberg's last orchestral work, completed when he was 80, and it also is primarily wistful in character. Both the Intermezzo and Prelude & Fugue are occasional pieces, the former big-boned and hymn-like, the latter slight and generically nice.
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Most delightful of all is the Suite No. 7, a string arrangement of incidental music to Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. This is marvelous stuff, worthy of Grieg at his best, with a third-movement waltz that easily could become a pops concert favorite. The performances are uniformly excellent: well-played, passionate, and intense, doing the music full justice. Sonically the microphones are just a bit too close to the strings; the result can be overwhelming in fortissimos, but given Atterberg's romantic style it's a slip in the right direction. This is a disc not to be missed, and a treat for all fans of good, warm, tuneful, big-hearted music.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Adagio amoroso by Kurt Atterberg
Performer:  Ulf Wallin (Violin)
Conductor:  Ulf Wallin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Nordica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Virserum Church, Sweden (03/2004); Virserum Church, Sweden (11/2004) 
2. Intermezzo by Kurt Atterberg
Performer:  Ulf Wallin (Violin)
Conductor:  Ulf Wallin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Nordica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Sweden 
Length: 8 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Virserum Church, Sweden (03/2004); Virserum Church, Sweden (11/2004) 
3. Prelude and Fugue by Kurt Atterberg
Performer:  Ulf Wallin (Violin)
Conductor:  Ulf Wallin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Nordica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1933
Virserum Church, Sweden (03/2004); Virserum Church, Sweden (11/2004) 
4. Suite no 7, Op. 29 "Antony and Cleopatra" by Kurt Atterberg
Performer:  Ulf Wallin (Violin)
Conductor:  Ulf Wallin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Nordica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Sweden 
Length: 13 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Virserum Church, Sweden (03/2004); Virserum Church, Sweden (11/2004) 
5. Sinfonia for Strings, Op. 53 by Kurt Atterberg
Performer:  Ulf Wallin (Violin)
Conductor:  Ulf Wallin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Nordica
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Sweden 
Length: 29 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Virserum Church, Sweden (03/2004); Virserum Church, Sweden (11/2004) 

Sound Samples

Sinfonia for Strings, Op. 53: I. Con moto
Sinfonia for Strings, Op. 53: II. Allegro molto
Sinfonia for Strings, Op. 53: III. Tranquillo
Sinfonia for Strings, Op. 53: IV. Allegro molto e ritmico
Adagio amoroso
Intermezzo: I. Maestoso
Intermezzo: II. Adagio
Intermezzo: III. Maestoso
Prelude and Fugue: Prelude
Prelude and Fugue: Fugue
Suite No. 7, Op. 29: I. Alla Marcia
Suite No. 7, Op. 29: II. Poetico
Suite No. 7, Op. 29: III. Grazioso
Suite No. 7, Op. 29: IV. Doloroso
Suite No. 7, Op. 29: V. Festivo

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