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Berwald: Tone Poems / Sakari, Håkansson, Gävle So


Release Date: 07/19/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555370   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Berwald
Performer:  Patrick Håkansson
Conductor:  Petri Sakari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gävleborg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Franz Berwald's four symphonies are becoming better known, but the shorter orchestral works hardly receive a mention, even though they are no less deserving. Though conservative in style (what can you expect from a composer born in 1796?), they belong to no particular "school" but have a distinctly Nordic quality thanks to Berwald's fresh feeling for harmony and attractive woodwind writing. This comes through quite clearly in Reminiscence of the Norwegian Mountains, a lovely pastoral portrait in tones, and in Elfenspiel. Wetlauf (Foot-Race), subtitled "Etude for String Orchestra", must rank among the more imaginative early works in the medium--but then all of this music is well worth hearing.


These
Read more performances under Petri Sakari, with the Gävle Symphony in very good form, are a touch slower in tempo (with the exception of Wetlauf, aptly enough) than the main competition, the spottily available versions under Ulf Björlin on EMI, but not significantly so, and they are much better recorded. More importantly, Sakari and the orchestra offer freshly sprung rhythms, so important in this music, and the woodwinds play with the necessary liveliness and character in the pieces for full orchestra. Patrik Hakansson also gives a worthy account as soloist in the charming Konzertstück for Bassoon and Orchestra. In short, if you already know and like the symphonies, this inexpensive disc offers an excellent way to fill out your Berwald collection. It's good stuff, plain and simple.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Erinnerung an die norwegischen Alpen by Franz Berwald
Conductor:  Petri Sakari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gävleborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Sweden 
Venue:  Gävle Concert Hall. Gävle, Sweden 
Length: 9 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Gävle Concert Hall. Gävle, Sweden (09/13/2000 - 09/15/2000) 
2.
Konsertstycke for Bassoon and Orchestra in F major by Franz Berwald
Performer:  Patrick Håkansson (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Petri Sakari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gävleborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Sweden 
Venue:  Gävle Concert Hall. Gävle, Sweden 
Length: 11 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Gävle Concert Hall. Gävle, Sweden (09/13/2000 - 09/15/2000) 
3.
Wettlauf by Franz Berwald
Conductor:  Petri Sakari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gävleborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Sweden 
Venue:  Gävle Concert Hall. Gävle, Sweden 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Gävle Concert Hall. Gävle, Sweden (09/13/2000 - 09/15/2000) 
4.
Ernste und heitere Grillen by Franz Berwald
Conductor:  Petri Sakari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gävleborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Sweden 
Venue:  Gävle Concert Hall. Gävle, Sweden 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Gävle Concert Hall. Gävle, Sweden (09/13/2000 - 09/15/2000) 
5.
Drottningen av Golconda: Overture by Franz Berwald
Conductor:  Petri Sakari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gävleborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864; Sweden 
Venue:  Gävle Concert Hall. Gävle, Sweden 
Length: 7 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Gävle Concert Hall. Gävle, Sweden (09/13/2000 - 09/15/2000) 
6.
Elfenspiel by Franz Berwald
Conductor:  Petri Sakari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gävleborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Sweden 
Venue:  Gävle Concert Hall. Gävle, Sweden 
Length: 8 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Gävle Concert Hall. Gävle, Sweden (09/13/2000 - 09/15/2000) 

Sound Samples

Erinnerung an die norwegischen Alpen (Reminiscence of the Norwegian Mountains): Reminiscence of the Norwegian Mountains
Konzertstuck for Bassoon and Orchestra
Wettlauf (Foot-Race)
Ernste und heitere Grillen (Serious and Joyful Fancies)
Drottningen av Golconda (The Queen of Golconda): Overture
Elfenspiel (Play of the Elves)

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