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Wirén: Symphonies 2 And 3, Etc / Dausgaard, Norrköping So


Release Date: 04/11/2000 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999677   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dag Wirén
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Dag Wirén's reputation continues to rest exclusively on the popularity of his charming little Serenade for Strings, an early work full of irresistibly catchy tunes. His Second and Third Symphonies (the First was withdrawn) contain themes no less appealing, and reveal a composer who combines music organically evolved from simple thematic cells, typical of late Sibelius, with something of Carl Nielsen's thrusting, muscular energy. Not a bad combination! In fact, Wirén's symphonic achievement rubs shoulders easily with the 20th century's finest works in the form. The Second Symphony is all pastoral sunshine, vigorous energy, and glorious lyricism, while the Third portrays the eventual
Read more triumph of its song-like, rhapsodic elements over its more active, aggressive ones. The two Concert Overtures offer the same masterful thematic organization, orchestration, and clarity of purpose found in the symphonies. They are delightful, and all four works receive magnificently bold, positive performances, richly recorded.


Wirén was at heart an austere, self-critical composer who knew exactly what his strengths were. He composed slowly and deliberately and gave his scores the sort of finish, without a trace of excess fat or a note out of place, that brings to mind artists of a similar bent, if very different sound: Manuel de Falla, Edgard Varèse, and Carl Ruggles for example, as well as Sibelius, Nielsen, Webern, and perhaps above all, Poulenc. In common with Wirén, these composers all combine in their works directness of expression, obsessive technical precision, intellectual honesty, and absolute fidelity to their various aesthetic creeds. Wirén's faith in tonality and his musical sense of humor (like Poulenc) make it easy to dismiss his work as lightweight, but to do so would be a serious mistake. There's a "completeness" about each piece that brooks no compromise, however approachable his idiom. Sensitive listeners who cherish this quality in a composer know what a rare thing it is, and can't fail to recognize it in virtually every bar of the music on this disc.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2, Op. 14 by Dag Wirén
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  De Geer Hall, Norrköping, Sweden 
Length: 30 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 3, Op. 20 by Dag Wirén
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  De Geer Hall, Norrköping, Sweden 
Length: 22 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Concert Overture no 1, Op. 2 by Dag Wirén
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  De Geer Hall, Norrköping, Sweden 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Concert Overture no 2, Op. 16 by Dag Wirén
Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 02/1999 
Venue:  De Geer Hall, Norrköping, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Wiren, Remember the Name September 4, 2014 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "Once you hear this recording, you'll have a new reason to celebrate Nordic musical mastery. These are the works of a Swedish composer who lived entirely in the 20th Century. He was an exact contemporary of Geirr Tveitt in Norway and Leroy Anderson in America--Anderson's parent were Swedish born. Thomas Dausgaard is golden in all his recordings, and this one positively glows! Outstanding completely!!" Report Abuse
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