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Pettersson: Symphony No. 9 / Lindberg, Norrkoping Symphony

Pettersson / Norrkoping Sym Orch / Lindberg
Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2038   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Allan Pettersson
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Included on a separate DVD: 'Människans röst' ('Vox humana'), an 81-minute documentary (1973-78) about the composer made for Sveriges Television by Peter Berggren, Tommy Höglind and Gunnar Källström. With subtitles in English Allan Pettersson composed his Ninth Symphony in 1970, two years after the Seventh had been given a triumphant première conducted by Antal Dorati. This had brought him greater recognition than ever before, but at the same time his health was deteriorating even further, and shortly after completing the Ninth Pettersson was hospitalized for a period of nine months. It is striking that he at such a time should have chosen to compose what is the longest of all his works - in the score Read more Pettersson himself estimated the duration to '65-70 minutes', and the first recording of the work actually lasted for more than 80 minutes. As so many of the symphonies, the work is in one single movement which may be described as an extended struggle in which harmony is the ultimate winner. As Pettersson himself had said about an earlier work: 'If one fights one's way through a symphony one needs to achieve consonance and harmony even if it takes twenty hours to do so.' In the case of the Ninth, this harmony is summed up more concisely than ever before or after, in the final two chords which form a plagal or 'Amen' cadence in F major. Completing a cycle for BIS of Pettersson's symphonies, Christian Lindberg and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra have been receiving great critical acclaim for previous instalments - most recently a Sixth described in International Record Review as 'a release that could well be the ideal introduction to Pettersson's singular musical vision'. About the same disc, the reviewer in Gramophone wrote: 'Lindberg's empathy for Pettersson's music is once again shown in the Sixth, where he catches its dark atmosphere to perfection, pacing its progress through the succession of climaxes superbly well.' The present recording is accompanied by a bonus DVD - an 80-minute documentary made during Allan Pettersson's final years which for the first time is being made available to a wider international audience. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 9 by Allan Pettersson
Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970-1972; Sweden 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 9: Beginning -
Symphony No. 9: 3 bars after Fig. 27 -
Symphony No. 9: 3 bars before Fig. 58 -
Symphony No. 9: 2 bars before Fig. 88 -
Symphony No. 9: 3 bars after Fig. 111 -
Symphony No. 9: Fig. 139 -
Symphony No. 9: 5 bars after Fig. 153 -
Symphony No. 9: 4 bars after Fig. 189 -
Symphony No. 9: Fig. 203

Customer Reviews

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 Stunning Pettersson April 2, 2014 By Joseph Lieber, MD (Great Neck, NY) See All My Reviews "Of all the composers of the 20th century Pettersson is clearly one of the most tragic, despondent and depressing. Raw emotion comes through in his great symphonies such as number 6, 7 8 and here number 9.The playng by the Norrkoping is tense as it should be and the conducting squeezes out after last bit of grief.To explore Pettersson start off with symphony number 7 and than this one, number 9. And please don't forget the Barefoot Songs.Any lover of the symphony should here this sprawling one movemnet masterpiece!" Report Abuse
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