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Larsson: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 / Manze, Helsingborg Symphony

Release Date: 10/05/2018 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777673  
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Our recording of Lars-Erik Larsson’s symphonic works is now finally complete. Vol. 3 features the Third Symphony by this composer, who along with Dag Wirén even in today’s Sweden continues to number among the most popular composers of the classical modern period. This also applies to Larsson’s third symphony, a four-movement work written at the end of World War II. It is clearly audible that in this majestic orchestral genre he tended to a style with closer ties to the tradition than he did in his works of smaller format. At the same time, however, this symphony is also his strongest and most individual contribution to this genre. In view of its flawless formal proportions, thorough mastery of the highest quality, and characteristic Read more invention, it is really difficult to understand why Larsson withdrew this symphony shortly after its premiere and retained only the finale, now with a new, lengthier slow introduction and the title Concerto Overture No. 3. This finale is in fact a movement of especially captivating elegance, a unique humorous quality, and outstanding craftsmanship that is very much able to hold its own and represents some of the composer’s best and most typical qualities. Read less

Customer Reviews

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 Works that need to be heard more often October 22, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This release completes Andrew Manze's traversal of Lars-Erik Larsson symphonies -- although I hope he doesn't stop there. Larsson was a talented composer who crafted his own language out of various 20th Century trends. It's a voice that needs to be heard more often. The centerpiece of this release is Larsson's 1944 Symphony No. 3 in C minor. Larsson withdrew the symphony after its premiere. The final movement of the third symphony was reworked and recast as his Concert Overture No. 3. It's a shame that the work went unheard for decades. The symphony is a superbly-crafted four-movement work with brilliant motifs and equally brilliant orchestrations. The work opens with a motif as distinctive as that of Beethoven's 5th symphony. And like Beethoven's theme, it forms the foundation of all that follows. How to describe the slow movement? Beautifully poignant. It's highly chromatic harmonies reminded me somewhat of Wagner -- with perhaps a little more restraint. The third movement has some lovely modal passages that could only come from Larsson. And the finale brings it all home with the opening motif transformed into something new, yet still recognizable. This symphony is a masterwork. Andrew Manze and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra perform with energy and verve. The orchestra has a warm, full sound. The wind and brass sections are especially fine in this recording, especially in solo passages. Also included are three of Larsson's later works. The Adagio for String Orchestra and Tre Orkesterstyken (Three Orchestral Pieces) date from 1960. Larsson had incorporated 12-tone technique into his work -- or rather, he adapted it to his needs. The works sound highly chromatic, yet remain grounded. Larsson harnesses the dissonances of 12-tone music to heighten the emotional impact of his (somewhat) tonal melodies. This release was well worth the wait." Report Abuse
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