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Atterberg: Concerto for Violin, Cello & Orchestra, Barocco, Sinfonia per archi / Svedland, Orebro Chamber Orchestra

Release Date: 04/05/2019 
Label:  Danacord   Catalog #: 836  
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This release includes the first recording of Kurt Atterberg’s concerto for violin, cello and symphony orchestra, a work inspired by folk tunes and commissioned by the Swedish Radio in 1960. This release also includes his Suite Barocco- elegant neoclassical music, used as theme music to Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and The Sinfonia per archi- music of deep and sincere emotion. One of Sweden's leading composers during the middle twentieth century, Kurt Atterberg championed contemporary Swedish music as a whole in his work as a conductor, critic, and officer in composer-advocacy organizations. His music was easily accessible -- a polytonal treatment of late Romanticism -- and he had little love for more advanced techniques or the composers, Read more even young Swedes, who used them. In his lifetime, he developed only a small reputation outside Scandinavia, mainly in Germany; even in Sweden he was regarded as something of a relic by the 1950s, his final period of extensive composition. Atterberg's work has enjoyed a revival on recordings, if not in the concert hall, and his posthumous reputation now seems secure. Read less

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Stylistically blend of old and new October 7, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This release marks the world premiere recording of Kurt Atterberg's Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra. The Swedish composer once characterized the 1960 double concerto as the last piece of his music worth performing. Perhaps -- only two other works were written later. The concerto is an interesting blend of old and new. Atterberg was ever the champion of Post-Romanticism. The work's structure and harmonies harken back to the practices of the early 1900s. But the piece doesn't sound outdated. Atterberg is a skillful melodist. both violin and cello have beautiful passages that engage the listener. The music reminds a little of Dag Wiren and Vaughn Holmboe, two other Scandinavian composers unaffected by fashionable trends. Also included is Barroco, Suite No. 5 for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 23. The work is inspired by Baroque music but sounds nothing like it. Rather, the sections seem a blend of Swedish folk music and late 17th Century orchestration (without the harpsichord). I think the mix works quite effectively. The "Baroque" flavor gives the music a simplistic charm, enhanced by the tuneful, folklike melodies. The Sinfonia for Strings, Op. 53 also exists as a string quintet. The string orchestra version adds double basses for a fuller sound. If you like string music by Elgar, Britten, or Sibelius, you'll enjoy this work. The Örebro Chamber Orchestra directed by Thord Svedlund delivers sympathetic and effective performances. Soloists Amus Kerstin Andersson (violin) and Max Levin (cello) turn in fine performances. Their playing in the concerto seems collaborative at times, making it a team effort (rather than dueling artists). The album was recorded in the Örebro Concerto Hall. To my ears, the ambiance was excessive. At best, it gave the music a kind of luminosity. Mostly, though, it just seemed to slightly smear the ensemble sound, taking away some of the music's detail." Report Abuse
 Hummable Atterberg April 23, 2019 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "The shadow of Brahms' Double Concerto, written in 1887, looms over Kurt Atterberg's own 1960 concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra. The musical textures are of course similar, and Brahms himself wouldn't have found the late romantic language, which more or less ignores the seventy years of music history in between, that difficult to understand. Both works share an autumnal feeling; Brahms' concerto was his last orchestral work, and Atterberg's came close to the end of his own career. This recording is, surprisingly, a world recording premiere. I don't know why Kurt Atterberg's music isn't much more popular; his folk-inspired tunes are hummable, and there's often a slight harmonic edge that guards against sentimentality. Conductor Thord Svedlund keeps things moving briskly here, and the musicians of the Orebro Chamber Orchestra play the lilting folk tunes with the right amount of swing. I also admire Atterberg's way with the neo-classical genre; his faux baroque music is appealing, though perhaps the tiniest bit bland. Still, this is a good selection of music by a composer who should be better known." Report Abuse
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